P3.3M prohibited poultry products intercepted at NegOcc

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These 150,000 eggs worth 1 million pesos were intercepted by the inspection team of the Barangay Tagukon Provincial Veterinary Office in the town of Kabankalan yesterday March 2. (PVO Photo)

AT LEAST 3.3 million pesos of poultry products, especially dressed chicken and eggs, were seized in Negros Occidental by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) inspection team yesterday, March 2.

The transport of these products is in violation of the temporary total ban on the entry of all live domestic and wild birds and their products from all parts of the country amid the threat of avian flu.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said that around 2 p.m. yesterday, March 2, the inspection team intercepted a van belonging to a company in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, bordering Barangay Tagukon in Kabankalan town. and the town of Mabinay in Negros Oriental.

After inspection, they seized 150,000 eggs inside the van, all valued at 1 million pesos, he said, adding that the van, including the eggs, will be returned to their place of origin. .

Earlier yesterday, four delivery trucks loaded with 11.5 tons of dressed chicken worth 2.3 million pesos from Iloilo province were also intercepted at Bredco port in Bacolod city.

The trucks, which were bound for Zamboanga, were intercepted by the team led by Chief Veterinary Inspector Renante Ortiaga, Head of Animal Health and Meat Inspection Division, Dr Placeda Lemana, assisted by staff from the provincial legal office.

Decena said the trucks were sent back to Iloilo because the products they contained could be a carrier of bird flu.

The provincial veterinarian said owners are aware of the temporary ban on poultry products entering the province because they have received notices about it.

“The temporary ban will have minimal effect on the supply of poultry products. But it is necessary to protect the whole industry here in the province,” he said, adding that there is no need to worry about supply as it can be dealt with by local producers.

From February 28 to March 15 this year, the provincial government is temporarily banning the entry of poultry products as well as all live domestic and wild birds in an effort to protect Negros Occidental’s 8 billion peso poultry industry.

The ban also covers poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs, semen and manure.

In an executive order (EO) he issued on Sunday, February 27, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the measure was also intended to protect the general public from the harmful effects of the disease.

On February 22, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), conducted a test among affected birds in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga using a test of real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

Laboratory test results showed the samples were positive for the highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 avian influenza commonly known as bird flu.

“Following the reported incidents of confirmed cases of avian flu, there is an urgent need to ban the entry of all domestic and wild birds and their products,” he added.

Issued on February 24, the 2022 DA Memorandum Circular 05 Series provided guidance on the local movement of domestic and wild birds, poultry products and by-products during the Avian Influenza surveillance period.

In Negros Occidental, the PVO has been instructed to set up quarantine checkpoints at possible entry points for all domestic and wild birds and other poultry products and by-products. The governor also ordered the strengthening of biosecurity, hygiene and sanitation standards in the province.

“In order to keep everyone in Negros Occidental safe, all local business leaders are required to strengthen biosafety, hygiene and sanitation standards in slaughterhouses, abattoirs, public markets and animal husbandry. of poultry in their respective area of ​​jurisdiction,” he said.

PVO records showed that the province’s poultry industry includes 4 billion pesos of broilers and native chickens, 3 billion pesos of game birds and 1 billion pesos of layers and ducks.*

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