September 7, 2010


Hong Kong resumes South Korean poultry imports



Hong Kong will resume importing fresh poultry products from South Korea, lifting its four-month import ban following the outbreak of low pathogenic bird flu in South Korea.


According to the South Korean Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MFAFF), exports are resumed earlier as quarantine measures to prevent a recurrence of the bird flu were actively explained to the Hong Kong government.


South Korea began exporting chickens and ducks to Hong Kong in July 2009, but was shut out of the Hong Kong market late last year due to an outbreak of the bird flu.


Exports resumed at the beginning of April and continued until another outbreak of the low pathogenic bird flu was reported in the country's southwestern Jeolla provinces in May.


The country has so far exported some 570 tonnes of poultry, worth US$511,000, to Hong Kong.