DA lifts shipping of poultry from Luzon but with conditions
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on August 22 has allowed poultry and poultry products to be shipped from Luzon to other parts of the country but with certain conditions.
This after the bird flu outbreak in parts of Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said products may be shipped from Luzon on the following conditions:
They must not come from within the 7-kilometer radius of San Luis, Pampanga, and the 7-kilometer radius of San Isidro and Jaen in Nueva Ecija.
Any shipment must be validated by quarantine officers and must carry certification that this came from accredited and inspected farms in Luzon, and the products must carry the seal of the quarantine officers.
Fresh eggs, chicks, and chicken meat will be allowed.
Balut eggs will be allowed, provided that they are cooked before they are shipped.
All other products not mentioned but coming from accredited farms inspected by DA’s quarantine officers and certified to be free from any diseases will be allowed.
Piñol said the move was the recommendation of the DA’s biosecurity experts.
But he added that they also considered the effect of the ban on the poultry industry.
“I think this was the more emotional consideration – the fact that we also have to listen to the pleadings of the farmers na kung tingin namin na safe na naman, payagan na silang mag-ship ng product nila,” Piñol said.
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