January 17, 2020


Hong Kong stops poultry imports from Poland and Hungary


Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) has announced the suspension of poultry imports from Poland and Hungary due to bird flu outbreaks in both countries, reported Xinhua.


The import suspensions on poultry meat and products, including eggs, were imposed with immediate effect following a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) notification of a H5N8 bird flu outbreak in Hungary, as well as a Poland's General Veterinary Inspectorate notification of several H5N8 bird flu outbreaks in Poland.


According to Hong Kong'scensus and statistics department, 2,315 tonnes of frozen poultry were imported from Hungary between January to September 2019. In the same period, 13,060 tonnes of frozen poultry and 23.2 million poultry eggs were imported from Poland.


A spokesman from the CFS said the food safety authority are in contact with their counterparts in Hungry and Poland with regard to the bird flu outbreaks and will continue to monitor information published by the OIE and other relevant authorities.


-      Xinhua