July 5, 2011


Hong Kong resumes poultry imports from Japan



Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department declared yesterday (Jul 4) that processing of applications for shipments of Japanese (excluding Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba Prefectures) poultry meat and products, including eggs, would start immediately.


Following confirmation earlier of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 in the city of Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, the CFS suspended the processing of applications for such imports on January 24.


"In view of the control measures taken by the country during the outbreak of avian flu in the city of Miyazaki, and the fact that there are no other reported cases of avian influenza, we decide to resume processing applications," a spokesman for the CFS said.


"However, the prohibition, imposed after the Fukushima nuclear plant incident, by the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene since March 24 on the import of some specified food including poultry and poultry eggs produced in Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba Prefectures, remains effective," the spokesman said.


Poultry and poultry eggs will be excluded from the ban if they are certified by the competent authority of Japan that the radiation levels do not exceed the standards laid down by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.


"Restrictions have not yet been lifted for those five prefectures, and we are monitoring the situation there," he said.