Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from areas in Vietnam and Denmark
Topics: HONG KONG VIETNAM DENMARK
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on January 5, that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Quảng Nam Province, Bình Phước Province and Tây Ninh Province in Vietnam, and a notification from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Sorø Municipality in Denmark, 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 Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Vietnam for the import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 17.32 million poultry eggs from Vietnam and about 1 060 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 1.85 million poultry eggs from Denmark in the first nine months of last year.
"The CFS has contacted the Vietnamese and Danish 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. ■