Import ban on chicken from Brazil continues until PH receives report from its agri agency

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The import ban on chicken from Brazil remains until the country satisfies the Philippines with the required documents relating to meat establishments exporting chicken to the Philippines.

These documents will detail the Covid-19 prevention and control procedures among Brazilian factory workers in chicken processing facilities. The Philippines cited the rising confirmed cases in Brazil that included workers at meat processing facilities.

Temporary ban started early in August after the Philippines’ agriculture agency learned the report from China that it found traces of the Covid-19 in chicken products from Brazil.

In a recent letter to Brazil MAPA chief veterinary officer Dr. Geraldo Marcos de Moraes, DA-BAI Director Ronnie Domingo said that the Philippines is committed to resolving the issue, noting that the ban on Brazilian chicken products was issued as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and health of Filipino consumers.

“The Philippines greatly values its long-standing harmonious relations with Brazil. We look forward to your prompt response,” Domingo said in his letter to Brazil’s Moraes.

Brazil’s MAPA is requested to submit documentary requirements of the following:

  • List of foreign meat establishments exporting to the Philippines, which reported Covid-19 cases, since March 2020.
  • Copies of MAPA-issued national guidelines on the control and prevention of Covid-19 cases in meat establishments including protocol for resumption of operations.
  • MAPA protocols in monitoring Covid-19 cases in meat facilities.
  • Certified copies of food safety manuals of BRF (JBS) –particularly on protocol for Covid-19, Seara and Aurora meat establishments, that are reported banned by China.
  • Current rate of Covid-19 testing on meat establishment workers.
  • Revised guidelines for the production, packaging, and storage of poultry mechanically deboned meat.

To date, Brazil has the world’s second-worst Covid-19 outbreak, reporting more than 3.2 million cases and more than 105,000 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.

Brazil currently accounts for nearly 20% of the country’s poultry meat imports. Others are sourced from the US and Europe.

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