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

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 Hungary.

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on November 24, that in view of a notification from the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Hajdú Bihar County and Szabolcs Szatmár Bereg County in Hungary, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above mentioned areas to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Hungary for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs.

According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 730 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Hungary in the first nine months of this year.

"The CFS has contacted the Hungarian authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health 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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