Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from French regions

Avian influenza outbreaks cited as cause
calendar icon 18 January 2022
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Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Hautes-Pyrénées Department and Lot-et-Garonne Department in France suspended

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 18) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Hautes-Pyrénées Department and Lot-et-Garonne Department in France, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above-mentioned areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 40 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 3,920 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 240,000 poultry eggs from France in the first nine months of last year.

"The CFS has contacted the French authority 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.

In a press release, the CFS said the decision was in light of recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza in Pyrénées Department and Lot-et-Garonne Department in France.

As a result of the outbreaks, the CFS has instructed traders to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, effective immediately.

The move, said CFS, is an attempt to protect public health.

A CFS spokesperson said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 40 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 3,920 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 240,000 poultry eggs from France in the first nine months of last year.

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

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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