February 22, 2013

Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from Germany



Poultry imports from the German states of Brandenburg and Berlin have been suspended with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health, according to the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.


The CFS said that Hong Kong bans the import of all poultry products in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in the northeastern part of Germany.


The CFS has banned the import of all poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from another state of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, since December 22 last year due to an outbreak of avian influenza H5.


A CFS spokesman said about 10,000 tonnes of frozen and chilled poultry meat, as well as about 2.8 million poultry eggs, were imported into Hong Kong from Germany last year.