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Source: Hong Kong Government special administrative region

Import of poultry meat and products from Mid Suffolk District in UK suspended
Import of poultry meat and products from Mid Suffolk District in UK suspended
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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (December 13) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Mid Suffolk District of Suffolk County in the United Kingdom (UK), the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the district with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 9 270 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and 1.82 million poultry eggs from the UK in the first nine months of this year, according to the Census and Statistics Department.           “The CFS has contacted the British 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.

 
Ends/Friday, December 13, 2019Issued at HKT 17:30

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