Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Quilpue in Chile and Romania

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 10) that in view of a notification from the Chilean authorities about an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza H7 in Quilpue, Chile, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above area with immediate effect. In addition, in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Romania, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from Romania with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that in the first 11 months of last year, Hong Kong imported about 750 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Chile. Since Hong Kong has not established any protocol with Romania for imports of poultry meat and eggs, there is no import of such commodities from Romania.

      "The CFS has contacted the Chilean and Romanian authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks in the countries concerned.

Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.

Published on: 2017-01-10

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