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Hong Kong suspends more imports of European poultry

Hong Kong has suspended imports of poultry meat and poultry products from additional areas of the United Kingdom and Germany on bird flu fears.

12 April 2021, at 8:16am

Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) announced that due to reports of outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in East Staffordshire District of Staffordshire County in the United Kingdom (UK) and in Paderborn, Münster, Märkischer Kreis, Warendorf, Minden-Lübbecke, Hochsauerlandkreis and Gütersloh of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, imports of poultry meat and products (including eggs) from those areas will be suspended to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 11,130 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 420,000 poultry eggs from the UK, and about 3,900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 1.41 million poultry eggs from Germany last year.

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