December 11, 2008

Guangdong stops live poultry shipments to Hong Kong


Guangdong province in China has suspended its live poultry shipments to Hong Kong to prevent bird flu from spreading.


The Guangdong Provincial Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced the news on Wednesday (Dec 10).


The suspension includes live chickens, pigeons and chicks and is effective from Tuesday (Dec 9). The suspension however does not involve frozen poultry.


Hong Kong's Food and Health Authority has informed mainland authorities that some 100 breeding and sentry chickens died on Sunday at a poultry farm in Hong Kong.


It was the second bird flu outbreak in Hong Kong this year. The first was on June 6, when excrement samples collected in two live poultry markets in Hong Kong tested positive for the deadly strain of H5N1 virus, leading to a cull of all live poultry and trading suspension of poultry products in the city.

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