DA bans poultry products from Czech Republic due to H5N8 bird flu

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday (February 7) temporarily banned the entry of poultry and wild birds from the Czech Republic in a step to keep the Philippines free of the highly pathogenic H5N8.

DA Memorandum Order 13, Series of 2020, banned the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products from the Central European country after it declared an outbreak of the said highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) specifically in Stepanov nad Svratkou, Zdar nad Sazavou, Vysocina.

The ban covers poultry products such as poultry meat, avian semen, day-old chicks, wild and domestic chicks.

Likewise, the DA also suspended all applications and evaluations of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance to the banned products from Czech Republic.

All DA veterinary quarantine officers were ordered to stop all shipments of the said banned products at all major ports in the country.

Prior to the ban, the DA had ordered a temporary ban on the entry of wild birds and other poultry products from Poland also because of the H5N8 outbreak.

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