May 3, 2021

 

Bird flu outbreaks prompt Hong Kong to stop poultry imports from parts of Poland and South Korea


 

Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has announced a suspension of poultry imports from various regions in Poland and South Korea last month due to bird flu outbreaks.

 

These areas are affected by the outbreak of H5N8 bird flu and include various towns in the Pomorskie Region, Mazowieckie Region, Warmińsko-mazurskie Region Lubelskie Region, Kujawsko-pomorskie Region, Świętokrzyskie Region and Lubuskie Region in Poland, as well as in Wonju-si of Gangwon-do Province in South Korea.

 

A CFS spokesman said that, according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 13,500 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 39.08 million poultry eggs from Poland last year. Data also shows that Hong Kong imported about 1,190 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 11.15 million poultry eggs from South Korea last year.

 

"The CFS has contacted the Polish authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.

 

"The CFS has contacted Polish and Korean authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreak. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.

 

- The Poultry Site