Philippines certified foot and mouth disease free

08:24, May 31, 2011      

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The Philippines can now export livestock meat products to the rest of the world after being certified by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as free from the dreaded foot and mouth disease (FMD) without vaccination, officials said Monday.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the OIE certification declaring the country's remaining regions and provinces free from the deadly disease enables the Philippines to finally export, particularly to nearby ASEAN and Asia-Pacific regions, livestock meat products, mainly pork.

As the country is likewise free from avian flu, it has been exporting poultry products, mostly to Japan.

Alcala said negotiations were already ongoing to export pork products to Singapore and Malaysia.

Assistant Secretary for livestock Davinio Catbagan said the country's FMD-free status also augurs well for the domestic livestock industry, as livestock and swine raisers and meat processors can now freely transport and trade live animals and livestock meat products within the country.

Catbagan said the free movement and transport will enhance productivity, particularly in improving, upgrading and increasing current livestock herd and swine population.

Source: Xinhua
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