15 kilos of ‘hot’ poultry seized by Customs men

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SOME 15 kilos of raw chicken and duck meat as well as six kilos of fresh duck eggs were seized by Customs personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from Chinese passengers who arrived from Xiamen, China on Wednesday night.

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Bureau of Customs examiners detailed at the airport terminal 2 found the meat and about 100 pieces of eggs wrapped in plastic bags that were placed inside an ice chest.

Examiners Mark Almase, Kristian Cordis and Jemky Santos immediately informed Animal Quarantine doctor Arlon Sanchez who was able to explain to the foreigners the existing temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds including day-old chicks, eggs, and other poultry products coming from China.

Sanchez said that the passengers had failed to produce health certificates and permit to import for the meat prior to their arrival.

It was explained to the passengers that confiscation of the banned meat would protect the country free from avian influenza, and also protect the local poultry population in the Philippines.

The meat and the eggs including its boxes will be destroyed through burning, according to Sanchez.

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