Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from areas in the UK, Canada

Avian influenza cited as the cause for the suspension
calendar icon 12 April 2023
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Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced yesterday that it is suspending imports of poultry meat and products, including eggs, from regions in the United Kingdom and Canada. The suspensions were issued following notifications of avian influenza outbreaks from the World Organisation for Animal Health. The impacted regions include Teignbridge District of Devon County in the UK and the township of West Lincoln in Ontario, Canada. CFS said its aim is 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 90 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Canada last year.

"The CFS has contacted the British and Canadian 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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