January 17, 2008


Hong Kong steps up health check on poultry products



Hong Kong has recently imposed stringent health measures and standards to crackdown on the smuggling of live poultry and birds into the country, thus eradicating the possible spread of bird flu.


The country has formed a task force with representatives from three departments to stamp out illegal activities in the poultry trade, commissioner of Customs & Excise Richard Yuen said.


Yuen said the task force has identified three types of smuggling activities involving different groups of people. They are individuals who illegally bring in small amounts of food and poultry for personal consumption, professional couriers who smuggle sizeable amounts of food and poultry for sale to food shops and restaurants and syndicates who use lorries or boats to smuggle significant amounts of food and poultry into Hong Kong.