Philippines at risk of AI from smuggled Chinese poultry
Poultry smuggled in from China is increasing the risk of bird flu
spreading to the Philippines, according to an industry
The Philippines, one of the few Asian nations still free of bird
flu, has had bans on poultry imports from many Asian countries, including
China, since the first outbreaks in 2003.
"We're not supposed to import anything from China because it's infected with
avian flu," said Gregorio San Diego, president of the United Broilers
Association of the Philippines. "But imported poultry products from China,
mainly that of Peking duck, are openly sold in restaurants and retail stores, so
we are at risk."
According to San Diego, the influx of chicken imports, in addition to
smuggled poultry products, has also cut demand for local chicken because of
significant price differences.
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