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Bird flu has caused Bacolod to ban chickens.

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The city government has joined the provincial government of Negros Occidental in banning the importation of live birds and poultry products, such as meat and eggs, from regions where the highly pathogenic avian influenza or bird flu is present. These regions include Luzon, Mindanao, and the nearby islands of Panay and Guimaras.

As of Monday, the Bredco and Banago ports, two of the city’s biggest piers, are the principal locations for inspection and monitoring.

“Whatever the province decides, it is illogical to assume that the city won’t follow. We simply enhance one another. Like we did with African swine fever, we have a combined executive order, the mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez remarked.

The Panay Island provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan are included in the ban in Western Visayas.
Benitez and Governor Eugenio Jose said in their joint executive decree, which was published over the weekend, that it would “establish uniform parameters and harmonize the policies with respect to the entry of all live domestic and wild birds and their products.”

Additionally, the directive instructed all local chief executives in Negros Occidental to raise biosafety, hygiene, and sanitation requirements at poultry farms, live bird marketplaces, and dressing businesses for poultry.

During the examination at seaports, airports, and other points of entry, veterinary inspectors have also been tasked with stopping entry and seizing birds and their goods from prohibited zones.

Raw poultry meat, both processed and unprocessed, day-old chicks, hatching eggs, including broiler, layer, and breeder eggs, as well as embryonated eggs, also referred to as “balut,” are all exempt.

Under the condition that the standards are met, these commodities will be admitted regardless of the shipping origin.

Negros Occidental is one of the top poultry-producing provinces in the nation, with an $8 billion poultry sector.

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