January 12, 2012


Hong Kong lifts ban on China's poultry


Hong Kong will resume sales of local live chickens and imports from the Chinese mainland from January 12, the secretary for the city's Food and Health department York Chow said Wednesday (Jan 11).


Chow said the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department staff had inspected all 30 local farms and 4,500 chickens had been tested negative for the H5N1 avian influenza virus.


All chilled chicken samples are satisfactory, and there have been no report of bird flu cases at hospitals, he said, adding the city's government will adjust its response level from "serious" to "alert" as the bird flu risk in Hong Kong has stabilised.


The sales and imports of live chickens in Hong Kong were suspended after a dead bird was found to be infected with the H5N1 virus last month.