Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Kelantan State in Malaysia and Lauderdale County, State of Alabama in US

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 17) that in view of a notification from the Malaysian authorities about an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Kelantan State, Malaysia, and a notification from the United States (US) authorities about an outbreak of low pathogenic H7 avian influenza in Lauderdale County, State of Alabama in the US, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 26 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 140 000 poultry eggs from Malaysia, and about 300 000 tonnes of frozen and chilled poultry meat and 526 million poultry eggs from the US last year.

     "The CFS has contacted the Malaysian and US authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.   

Published on: 2017-03-17

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