Hong Kong bans poultry meat, eggs from Italian province
In view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Padua in Italy, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the province, the CFS said.
The ban, with immediate effect, aims to protect public health in Hong Kong, it added.
A CFS spokesman said that in the first six months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 1,000 tons of frozen poultry meat and 10,000 poultry eggs from Italy. ■