DAVAO CITY- A total of 139 kilos of poultry products illegally shipped from Luzon were seized and burned by the Quarantine Services Office of the Department of Agriculture in Davao City.
The first shipment with 44 kilos of poultry products arrived August 16 while the second shipment of 95 kilos of poultry arrived on August 18 at the Davao International Airport.
Both shipments came from Manila and had no shipping permit, Dr. Sheila Buenaventura of the Quarantine Services Office said.
Buenaventura said dressed chicken was mixed with other food items in the first shipment while the second shipment mixed chicken with vegetables and beef.
Concerns over poultry products were raised following the confirmation of the presence of the avian flu virus in farming towns in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.
At least 600,000 fowls were culled in Pampanga, while 550,000 birds were slaughtered in Nueva Ecija to prevent the spread of the disease.
The seized poultry products were burned in an incinerator at Veterinary Quarantine Services inside the Philippine Ports Authority in Davao City.
Meanwhile, the Davao City Government and the Department of Agriculture Region XI have scheduled a city-wide poultry surveillance on Aug. 23 and 30, and Sept. 4.
Intensive monitoring of poultry farms in the province also began, with collection of blood samples from fowls for examination.
With the partial lifting of the poultry ban from Luzon, DA-Region XI Avian Influenza focal person Dr. Dannie Apelo said they are confident that poultry products coming in from Luzon will be free of the bird flu virus.