Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from region in Hungary

The suspension was due to the presence of avian influenza
calendar icon 27 March 2023
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In a recent press release, Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced the suspension of imports of poultry meat and products from Nógrád County in Hungary. The suspension, they said, was due to the presence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. CFS said the reason for the suspension was to protect public health.

A CFS spokesperson said that Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Hungary for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 340 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat from Hungary last year.

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

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