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

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

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on November 29, that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Soest District in the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen and Pinneberg District in the State of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products including poultry eggs from the above mentioned area to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 430 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 800,000 poultry eggs from Germany in the first nine months of this year.

"The CFS has contacted the German authority 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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