Prices of poultry in the Philippines have remained stable amid the recent outbreak of the avian influenza in Pampanga, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Sunday.
In a text message, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said prices of chicken meat in wet markets have declined, while those in supermarkets remain stable.
“For wet market po, bumaba ng 10 pesos ang price ng chicken compared from last week, prices of egg no change,” he said.
“Demand for chicken relatively low but moving. But for supermarket, no change in both prices of chicken and egg,” he added.
According to Lopez, both Magnolia and Bounty Fresh suppliers have already secured clearances that their supply has not been affected by the bird flu outbreak.
“Magnolia has certification showing their stock is from Bulacan and it passed the national meat inspection service as bird flu-free,” he said.
“I also sent Bounty certification that their chickens are not affected. And safe,” he added.
This comes after Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol last week reported a bird flu outbreak in a poultry farm in Barangay San Agustin in San Luis, Pampanga.
The outbreak of avian influenza Type A subtype H4 was said to have happened first in a quail farm before it spread to poultry farms.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has since ordered the quarantine of the affected areas, including the culling of a poultry and related birds within a one-kilometer radius
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has also urged the public to avoid any contact with migratory birds.
Malacañang earlier said there will be no price increase in chicken meat, and that the situation has already been isolated by the DA. — BM, GMA News