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Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from areas in Russia, Korea and Japan

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 Russia, Korea and Japan.

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on December 7, that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Stavropol Krai in Russia and Saitama Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan respectively, and a notification from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Korea about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Yeongam gun of Jeollanam do Province and Cheonan si of Chungcheongnam do Province in Korea, 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 Russia for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 490 kilograms of frozen poultry meat from Russia, about 10 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 280 000 poultry eggs from Korea and about 40 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 2 530 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 210.28 million poultry eggs from Japan in the first nine months of this year.

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


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