September 9, 2019
Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from Chilean province following avian influenza outbreak
Hong Kong's import of poultry products from a province in Chile has been suspended following an outbreak of avian influenza in that region, Xinhua reported.
Announcement of the action was made by Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. The center took into consideration a notification made by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low pathogenic H7 avian influenza in Quillota Province of Chile.
In response, the CFS called for the suspension of import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the area with immediate effect to protect public health.
In the first six months of 2019, Hong Kong imported about 1,700 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Chile, according to the HKSAR government's Census and Statistics Department.
"The CFS has contacted the Chilean authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," a CFS spokesman said.