The Department of Agriculture has lifted the importation ban on poultry and wild bird products after global animal health authorities declared territories free from bird flu virus. Secretary Proceso Alcala has cleared the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products—including poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen—originating from Dixon County, Nebraska; Iowa; Minnesota; and South Dakota. He, however, said all importations should be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Meat Inspection Service. Manila imports about 10 percent, or over 45 million kilos of chicken (leg quarters), and more than 110 million kilos of mechanically deboned meat from US suppliers annually. The Philippines also imports about 150,000-200,000 heads of US-grown breeders, which accounts for 50 percent of the total layers in the country.