The Philippines bans poultry imports from 3 EU member states
Three more EU member states are banned from exporting poultry to the Philippines, as they are fighting large outbreaks of H5N8 virus. A temporary ban was placed this week on imports of domestic and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Denmark, Sweden and France. The country's Department of Agriculture is also ordering the halt and confiscation of commodity shipments to the country by all DA veterinary quarantine officers/inspectors in all major ports. 25 EU member states have reported bird flu cases in the last couple of months but only 13 have been confronted with outbreaks on large farms. Germany, Poland and the Netherlands have already been banned from the Filipino poultry market due to this issue. A similar move was taken at the beginning of this month for poultry imports coming from the UK.
However, these decisions may lead to an increase in prices for poultry products in the Filipino market, warns Jesus C. Cham, president of the Meat Importers and Traders Association. “It is a pity that the supply situation is increasingly tight. This will translate into higher raw material costs for processors and, later, for consumers. We need to find a solution quickly,” he said. In his opinion, for a while, processors must absorb the impact in the best possible way. Since February, the Philippines decided to increase the quota in pork and poultry imports in an attempt to keep the prices under control. The country is facing a deficit in animal protein due to an ongoing ASF outbreak that started in 2019.