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Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from areas in Canada and France

Christian Fernsby |
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that it has suspended import of poultry meat and products from areas in Canada and France.

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on April 25 that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in areas in Canada and France, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the relevant areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

The relevant areas are as follows:

• Canada
Alberta Province
- Warner County
- Camrose County

Saskatchewan Province
- Rural Municipality of Moose Creek

Ontario Province
- Township of West Grey

Quebec Province
- Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality
- Les Sources Regional County Municipality

• France
- Dordogne Department
- Finistère Department
- Corrèze Department
- Seine-Maritime Department

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 1 020 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat from Canada and about 60 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 4 710 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 240 000 poultry eggs from France last year.

"The CFS has contacted the Canadian and French authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.


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