June 24, 2013
Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry and poultry products, from the Scott County, Arkansas, US, in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) regarding an outbreak of low-pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza on a poultry farm in the county.
This was announced by the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department on Friday (Jun 21).
A CFS spokesman said about 320,000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat, nine tonnes of chilled poultry meat and 520,000 000 poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from the US last year.
"We have contacted the American authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on the avian influenza outbreaks in the country. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.