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Imports of PH chicken meat and pet birds are now allowed in SoKor

The Philippine Agriculture Office (PAO) in Seoul, South Korea, stated that the temporary ban on chicken meat and pet birds (birds other than poultry) imports from the Philippines has been lifted after receiving final clearance from the Korean government.

In a memorandum written to Agricultural Secretary William Dar and shared with media on Monday, Maria Alilia Maghirang, agriculture attaché in Seoul, said that this was in response to the PAO’s plea to the Korean government earlier this month.

In response to the H5 avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Philippines last year, the Republic of Korea (ROK), through the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), prohibited the import of Philippine chicken meat and pet birds under the “Import Sanitary Condition of Philippine chicken” and “Import Sanitary Condition of birds except for poultry” in March 2020.

In her report to the DA Secretary, Maghirang said, “PAO Seoul actively worked with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) for quick communication and timely submission of criteria to remove the temporary suspension.”

MAFRA issued an Administrative Notice on July 15, 2021, effective August 6, 2021, to lift the interim ban on poultry and pet birds imports from the Philippines.

Maghirang stated that they had completed several requirements in order to facilitate the export of Philippine chicken and pet birds to Korea, including the revision of Veterinary Health Certificates (VHC) for chicken meat and pet birds, as well as the submission of completed application forms for the approval of Overseas Livestock Establishments’ renewal of accreditation to export chicken meat to Korea.

The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said that they are now completing the APQA inspection questionnaires for the Philippines’ poultry plants in order to renew their certification to export to Korea.

Maghirang told the DA Secretary that the Philippines may already export live birds to South Korea (other than poultry).

“Upon licensing of the poultry establishments,” she said, “Post anticipates Philippine chicken meat export to begin.”

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