No shortage of poultry products in Cebu

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CEBU CITY, Philippines – Authorities here in Cebu have assured the public that there is no shortage of poultry products despite the island province’s ban on importing poultry and live birds from areas affected by the bird flu.

The Provincial Veterinary Office made the announcement following reports that several wet markets in Cebu have experienced an insufficient supply of dressed chickens.

Dr Mary Rose Vincoy, the provincial veterinarian, said the incident was due to logistical difficulties and not a shortage of poultry production and supply.

“In recent days, there have been problems at our production sites and preparation plants. So there were technical difficulties on their part which affected the production of dressed chickens and cuts. It is one,” Vincoy said.

“Apart from that, there were also logistical issues in moving and distributing the products. But I think some of the companies that supply our markets have already solved this problem,” she added.

On the other hand, poultry suppliers in Cebu province are bracing for a surge in demand for chicken and other poultry products as restrictions ease.

Vincoy said most poultry farms and producers here are expanding their operations in order to increase production and meet growing demand.

Cebu, including the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, continues to ban the import of live birds, poultry products and by-products from areas affected by bird flu in Luzon, Mindanao and the ‘foreign.

The island province is also implementing strict surveillance and border controls for poultry and live birds shipped from areas not affected by the highly contagious bird flu.

Cebu is free of any confirmed cases of bird flu as of this time.

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