Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from region in Argentina

Suspensions are due to avian influenza outbreaks
calendar icon 9 March 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 a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in General Alvear Partido of the Province of Buenos Aires in Argentina, the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, has been suspended. 

CFS stated the reason for the suspension is to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesperson said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 130 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Argentina last year.

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

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