This past January, the Japanese government placed an embargo on poultry products after
the U-S-D-A confirmed cases of avian flu in poultry flocks in four U-S states. Since then,
the number of affected states has increased to 21, so the Defense Commissary Agency, or
DECA, has started working with suppliers to put other products on shelves.
Reginal Flowers Yokota Commissary Store Director:
We have increased our stock levels for frozen and chilled items that’s primarily beef,
pork and fish items to help compensate for the loss of the cooked poultry items that
we won’t have on our shelves. REPORTER:
The embargo hasn’t impacted all poultry products. Eggs, canned poultry, and turkeys
for the holiday season are not affected. However, the restriction has limited foods that contain
poultry as a secondary protein. Reginal Flowers
Yokota Commissary Store Director: Most of the customers will see kind of disappear
from our shelves are going to be hot dogs, sausage links, lunch meats, chicken wings,
frozen meals. Those are going to be most of the items that we will have difficulty stocking.
Anything that has poultry as a secondary protein product also would be affected, like lobster
ravioli or even some pizzas. REPORTER:
Although the embargo has restricted certain foods, DECA will continue to do all it can
to keep shelves stocked. Airman First Class Justin Stokes, Yokota Air Base, Japan.