September 8, 2020
Hong Kong bans import of poultry products from Russian oblast
Hong Kong's food safety authority has suspended the import of poultry products from Tyumenskaya Oblast in Russia due to bird flu outbreaks in the region, Xinhua reported on September 7.
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said that in view of notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Tyumenskaya Oblast, the center has instructed to ban the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Russia for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, the special administrative region of China brought in about 140 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Russia in the first six months of 2020.
"The CFS has contacted the Russian authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on the avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.