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Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

Import of poultry meat and products from Tokushima Prefecture in Japan suspended
Import of poultry meat and products from Tokushima Prefecture in Japan suspended
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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (December 21) that in view of a notification from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Tokushima Prefecture in Japan, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the prefecture with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.      A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 50 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 4 300 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 200 million poultry eggs from Japan in the first nine months of this year.      “The CFS has contacted the Japanese authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreak. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation,” the spokesman said. 

 
Ends/Monday, December 21, 2020Issued at HKT 16:31

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