Import of poultry meat and products from Province of Groningen in the Netherlands to be suspended


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 1) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza in the Province of Groningen in the Netherlands, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the province with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 4 900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 1.8 million poultry eggs from the Netherlands last year.

     "The CFS has contacted the Dutch authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.



Published on: 2018-03-01

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