POULTRY NEWS

1ST COLD EXAMINATION FACILITY FOR POULTRY, AGRI – PHILIPPINES

The Philippines Department of Agriculture is establishing an integrated cold examination facility in agriculture (CEFA) with complementary testing laboratories with the aim of preventing the smuggling of imported poultry and agricultural commodities, pests and diseases. Agriculture secretary, William Dar, said that the facility in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is being prioritized and will strengthen the country’s food safety regulatory system to protect consumer health. As a first border facility, it will be used to inspect imported containerized poultry, fishery and other agriculture commodities. It will also house examination areas and laboratories intended for the execution of the quarantine and inspection protocols of the Bureau of Animal, Plant and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. It will enable 100% in-depth inspection through the Risk Assessment Categorisation and complemented by the x-ray screening of the Bureau of Customs.