Philippines Temporarily Bans Poultry Imports from Japan Amid Avian Influenza Outbreak

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Manila, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Philippines’ Ministry of Agriculture has announced a temporary ban on poultry imports from Japan following an outbreak of avian influenza. Agriculture Minister Francisco Tiu Laurel stated that the move aims to safeguard the local poultry population from exposure to the H5N1 avian influenza strain.

This import ban is part of a series of measures taken by the Philippines, which previously imposed similar bans on poultry imports from California and Ohio in the United States, as well as from Belgium and France, all due to bird flu outbreaks. Avian influenza, often carried by migrating wild birds, has disrupted poultry flocks globally in recent years, leading to supply disruptions and an increase in food prices.