February 19, 2019
Macau ends more than a decade ban on poultry imports
Macau has ended a 15-year suspension that prohibited the import of poultry products from South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Taiwan to the special administrative region of China.
The removal of the ban also covered the Chinese regions of Guangxi, Hubei and Hunan. Implemented in 2004, the ban was a preventive measure in the response to H5N1 bird flu outbreaks happening across Asia in 2003. It covered poultry eggs, wild birds, fresh and chilled internal organs of poultry birds and bird-derived products.
The recent move to end the suspension was based on the understanding of Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On that the avian influenza epidemic situation in the affected countries has changed, thereby rendering it unnecessary to continue the ban.
Under a series of conditions - including getting products from approved poultry farms and implementing a quarantine process which would be supervised by veterinarians - imports from the said Asian countries would be allowed from February 18 onwards.
- Macau Daily Times / Official Gazette