Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from areas in Poland, UK

Both countries have been affected by avian influenza
calendar icon 15 February 2023
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Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced yesterday that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and the General Veterinary Inspectorate of Poland about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Fife of Scotland in the United Kingdom (UK) and Działdowski District of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Region in Poland respectively, 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 spokesperson said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 1,010 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 290,000 poultry eggs from the UK, and about 2,680 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 15.73 million poultry eggs from Poland last year.

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

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