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Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from Korea

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 Jeollanam-do Province in Korea.

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on November 16, that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Jeollanam-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 area to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 10 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 0.28 million poultry eggs from Korea in the first nine months of this year.

"The CFS has contacted the Korean authorities over the issue.

"It 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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