December 17, 2019


Hong Kong prohibits poultry imports from bird flu affected British district


Hong Kong's food safety authority suspended poultry imports from the Mid Suffolk district, United Kingdom due to a bird flu outbreak in the area, reported Xinhua News.


The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said the suspension was made in light of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) notification of a low pathogenic H5 avian influenza outbreak in Mid Suffolk, Suffolk County, UK.


With immediate effect, Hong Kong has suspended all imports of poultry meat and products such as eggs from the affected area.


According to the HKSAR government's Census and Statistics Department, about 9,720 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat, as well as 1.82 million poultry eggs were exported from the UK to Hong Kong between January to September 2019.


A spokesman from the CFS said the CFS has been in touch with British authorities regarding the outbreak and will monitor OIE-issued information regarding avian influenza outbreaks. Depending on the development of the situation, appropriate action will be taken, the spokesman added.


-      Xinhua News