The Philippines imposed a ban on poultry items from the Netherlands because of an outbreak of low-pathogenic avian flu in the country, according to news reports.
The Philippines suspended purchases of poultry meat, wild fowl, day-old chicks and eggs from Utrecht, Netherlands. Agricultural officials in the Philippines said they received official notice about the outbreak from the World Organization for Animal Health that H7N7 was found in free-range laying hens in early August. Agricultural officials said shipments of poultry and poultry products from the Netherlands would be confiscated, with the exception of heat-treated items, according to news reports.
The Netherlands is the latest producing country to have flocks hit by the virus, following outbreaks in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and Mexico.