October 17, 2013
Hong Kong bans Italian poultry imports on avian flu scare
Due to threat of avian flu, Hong Kong has banned imports of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from Italy's Lombardy Region, Centre for Food Safety said.
The ban came after a notification from the European Commission about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5 sub-type avian influenza on a poultry holding in Brescia Province, Lombardy Region, Italy. The step is taken for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health.
A spokesman for the Centre said about 2,000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 120,000 poultry eggs from Italy were imported into Hong Kong last year.
Since August 17 this year, an import ban on the same items from Emilia-Romagna Province, Italy, has been in effect and is still in force.
"We have contacted the Italian authority over the matter and will closely monitor information issued by the European Commission on the avian influenza outbreak in Italy. Appropriate actions will be taken in response to the developments of the situation," the spokesman said.