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Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Russia, Germany and UK suspended
Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Russia, Germany and UK suspended
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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (November 6) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of high pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Tomskaya Oblast in Russia, the District of Nordfriesland of the State of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and Cheshire West and Chester District of Cheshire County in the United Kingdom (UK), the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above-mentioned areas 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, Hong Kong imported about 142 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Russia in the first nine months of this year. During the same period, Hong Kong imported about 2,500 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 880,000 poultry eggs from Germany, and about 8,700 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 330,000 poultry eggs from the UK.     “The CFS has contacted the Russian, German and British authorities over the issues 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.

 
Ends/Friday, November 6, 2020Issued at HKT 18:18

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