In Memorandum Order No. 25, dated Nov. 14 but posted on the Agriculture department’s Web site yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said he has ordered the lifting of the temporary ban on the import of domestic and wild birds and their products such as poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Gelderland in the Netherlands.
“All import transactions of the above products shall be in accordance with the existing rules of the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and National Meat Inspection Service,” he said.
Mr. Alcala ordered the lifting of the import ban, which was imposed in May, based on the official final report submitted to the OIE by Christianne Bruschke, chief veterinary officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands .
According to the report, Gelderland has eradicated the H7N7 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).
Mr. Alcala said that in compliance with the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code, Gelderland is now free from the H7N7 LPAI. The Agriculture Secretary also noted there was no threat seen in the import of poultry and poultry products from Gelderland based on the evaluation of the BAI.
“Based on the evaluation of the BAI, the risk of contamination from importing poultry and poultry products from Gelderland, Netherlands, is negligible,” he said, adding that the lifting of the import ban shall take effect immediately.