Californian Chicken Blocked by Hong Kong

24 April 2014, at 10:40am

HONG KONG - The safety department of Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry and poultry products, including eggs, from Stanislaus County in California, it said on Thursday.

The ban was imposed after the department was notified by the World Organization for Animal Health about an outbreak of low- pathogenic H5 avian influenza on a quail farm in the county, reported Shanghai Daily earlier today.

The department has contacted American authorities and will monitor the situation, it said.

About 150,000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat, eight tonnes of chilled poultry meat and 600 million poultry eggs were imported to Hong Kong from the United States last year.