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Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from certain areas in Korea, UK, U.S. and Canada

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 Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on April 12, that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in areas in Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the relevant areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

The relevant areas are as follows:

Korea
• Gimhae-si of Gyeongsangnam-do Province

UK
• East Devon District of Devon County
• East Cambridgeshire District of Cambridgeshire County

US
The State of North Carolina
• Johnston County
• Wayne County

The State of South Dakota
• Bon Homme County
• Brule County
• Lake County
• Spink County

The State of Iowa
• Cherokee County
• Guthrie County
• Hamilton County
• Humboldt County
• Osceola County
• Sac County

The State of Minnesota
• Becker County
• Dodge County
• Kandiyohi County
• Lac qui Parle County
• Le Sueur County
• Morrison County

The State of North Dakota
• LaMoure County
• Dickey County

The State of Texas
• Erath County

Canada
Alberta Province
• Paintearth County
• Kneehill County
• Ponoka County
• Mountain View County

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 20 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 840 000 poultry eggs from Korea; about 90 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 3 770 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 320 000 poultry eggs from the UK; about 260 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 17 090 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 649.21 million poultry eggs from the US and about 1 020 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat from Canada last year.

"The CFS has contacted the Korean, British, American and Canadian 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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