Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from The Netherlands

The suspension affects the province of North Brabant
calendar icon 27 January 2022
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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 27) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the area 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 730 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from the Netherlands in the first nine months of last year.

"The CFS has contacted the Dutch authority over the issue 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.

Melanie Epp

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

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