The Philippines agriculture department has put a temporary stop to poultry imports from Germany and the French village of Saint-Aubin-du-Plain, citing the discovery of “[l]ow pathogenic avian influenza” on a duck farm in Saint-Aubin-du-Plain and a bird farm in Thuringen, Germany, in November.

The poultry product ban applies to live birds, meat, chicks, eggs and semen, according to BusinessWorld, based in Manila. The Philippines is one of only three countries in Southeast Asia where avian flu has not taken hold, the publication reports.


In 2008, the Philippines imported nearly 1 million kilograms of poultry and poultry products from France and 112,264 kilograms from Germany, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics.