October 14, 2019

Hong Kong stops poultry import from Loir-Et-Cher, France


Hong Kong has suspended the import of poultry meat from Loir-Et-Cher Department of France due to a bird flu outbreak, the food safety authority of the Special Administrative Region said.


According to the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the action was undertaken in response to a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declaring an outbreak of low pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Loir-Et-Cher Department.


CFS has instructed the suspension of poultry imports from that area with immediate effect to protect public health. 


A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong brought in about 7,300 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and 2.3 million poultry eggs from France in the first six months of 2019, according to the HKSAR government's Census and Statistics Department.


"The CFS has contacted the French 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," the spokesman said.


- Xinhua