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

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 the United Kingdom.

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on May 17 that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Newell County of Alberta Province in Canada and Newark and Sherwood District of Nottinghamshire County in the United Kingdom, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above-mentioned areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 4 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Canada and about 420 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 90 000 poultry eggs from the UK in the first three months of this year.

"The CFS has contacted the Canadian and British 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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