DA lifts ban on shipment of poultry products after bird flu outbreak

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  • DA Secretary Manny Piñol lifts the ban on poultry products shipment
  • This is after he imposed the ban last week due to the outbreak of bird flu
  • But the order specifies that products must not be from within the 7-kilometer radius of affected municipalities

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol has lifted on Tuesday the shipment ban of poultry products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao.

Piñol signed the administrative order upon the recommendation of the biosecurity team. He ordered for the ban last week due to the outbreak of the bird flu virus in Pampanga, which was placed in a state of calamity.

However, the order specifies that the products must not be from within the seven-kilometer radius of San Luis, Pampanga and Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija. These are the places affected by the bird flu.

“Any shipment to be made must be validated by our quarantine officers, and must carry certification that they came from accredited and inspected farms in Luzon. And the products must carry the seal of the quarantine officers,” GMA News Online quoted Piñol.

The directive covers eggs, chicks, chicken meat, and fertilized duck eggs or balut. But he made it clear that the balut must be cooked first before trasporting.

In a story by Rappler, Bong Inciong of the United Broiler Raisers Association stressed the importance of lifting the order to those affected by the outbreak. 

“Our main agenda here is to restore consumer confidence, producer confidence to really assure everyone that the products we’re producing outside of the containment zones are safe, period,” he said.