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Lifting of fowl movement excludes avian flu ground zero

Sep 07, 2017

SAN LUIS, Pampanga - This town’s mayor clarified that checkpoints against fowl movement will remain in effect for at least three months despite the lifting of such ban elsewhere within the seven kilometer radius of poultry sites affected recently by the avian flu plague here.

“Checkpoints of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), assisted by the police will remain stationed at roads around our town to prevent any fowl movement. After the disinfecting of the affected poultry, sentinel chickens would be raised there to see if there would be no more avian flu case,” Mayor Venancio Macapagal said in a forum at Clark Freeport over the weekend.

The Department of Agriculture has already lifted the ban of fowls within the so-called controlled zone or the seven kilometer radius from the one-kilometer radius “ground zero” of avian flu in Barangay San Carlos here.

The DA, however, said that the lifting of the ban in the area was subject to certain conditions, including the inspection by the provincial veterinary office of broiler farms for “biosecurity and flock health assessment.”

It also said that the broilers “shall be slaughtered only in NMIS (National Meat Inspection Service) -accredited dressing plants.”

The DA conditions also covered eggs which must be “sourced from farms without unusual mortalities, transported in a disinfected and sealed chick van before leaving the controlled areas, and fumigated at the source and upon arrival at the hatchery.”

It also said that “balut” or embryonated eggs “should come from duck farms tested negative AI.”

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