MANILA - The Department of Agriculture on Friday said it would temporarily ban the importation of poultry and wild birds from Czech Republic after fowl from the Central European country tested positive for avian influenza.
The temporary importation ban was implemented after Czech Republic's State Veterinary confirmed to the World Organization for Animal Health that there is an outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in their country, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a memorandum.
Among the products covered by the DA order are poultry meat, avian semen, day-old chicks, wild and domestic chicks from Czech Republic.
The department also suspended the processing of Sanitary and Phytosanitary import clearances of poultry products from the European nation.
- report from Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News