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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

By Aidan Fortune , 16-Jan-2017

In the wake of further AI outbreaks, Hong Kong has added more regions to its blocked imports list
In the wake of further AI outbreaks, Hong Kong has added more regions to its blocked imports list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts in Ukraine and the Klodzki and Krakowski districts of Poland following recorded outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza. 

According to the CFS, in the first 11 months of last year, Hong Kong imported about 18,700 tonnes (t) of frozen poultry meat and 4.8 million poultry eggs from Poland. Hong Kong has now established a protocol with Ukraine for the import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. About 2.98 million poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from Ukraine in the same period.

Hong Kong has not established any protocol with Egypt for imports of poultry meat and eggs and there are no imports of such commodities from Egypt.

A spokesman said: “The CFS has contacted the Polish, Ukrainian and Egyptian authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE [World Organisation for Animal Health] on avian influenza outbreaks in the countries concerned. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation.”

This follows an announcement on 11 January banning imports of poultry meat and products from the Miedzyrzecki, Myslenicki and Namyslowski districts of Poland, the Deux-Sèvres department of France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and the North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire counties of the UK.

Hong Kong imports about 14,000t of frozen and chilled poultry meat and 17.4 million poultry eggs from France, and about 14,500t of frozen and chilled poultry meat and 660,000 poultry eggs from the UK.

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