The Philippines has lifted a ban on live birds and poultry products imported from a Netherlands province previously reported to have cases of the avian influenza virus.
The World Organisation for Animal Health has received a report that the province, Gelderland, is now free of the H7N7 low pathogenic avian influenza virus. “All import transactions of [poultry] products shall be in accordance with the existing rules of the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry and National Meat Inspection Service,” said Philippines Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala. “Based on the evaluation of the BAI, the risk of contamination from importing poultry and poultry products from Gelderland, Netherlands, is negligible.”
The ban was instituted in May.