Philippines stops all poultry imports from Korea
The Philippines has placed a temporary ban on the
import of poultry and poultry products from Korea.
Korea is currently facing a combat with the re-emergence of avian flu.
Arthur Yap, Agriculture Secretary said he issued the ban based on a November
2007 report of South Korea about an outbreak of a low pathogenic avian influenza
in a duck-raising farm in Yongdoo-dong, Kwangju-Jikhalsi.
on all products
According to Yap, the ban covers all domestic and
wild birds and their products, which includes day-old chicks, eggs and semen.
'I have ordered quarantine officers and inspectors at all major ports
and seaports to stop and confiscate all shipments of live birds, poultry and
poultry products into the country originating from Korea,' said Yap.
Free of bird flu
Yap said the temporary
ban is essential to provide protection for human health and poultry in
the country, which have remained free of bird flu since the deadly H5N1 strain
surfaced in 2003.
The Philippines is one of only three avian
influenza-free countries in South-East Asia, with the other two being Brunei and
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