Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from regions in Chile and US

The suspension is due to outbreaks of avian influenza
calendar icon 4 April 2023
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Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced yesterday the suspension of poultry imports from regions in Chile and the United States in light of outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. The suspension affects Concepción Province of the Biobío Region in Chile and Hillsborough County of the State of Florida in the US. The reason for the suspension is to protect public health, the government body said. 

A CFS spokesperson said that Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Chile for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 50 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Chile, and about 16,320 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 228.88 million poultry eggs from the US last year.

​"The CFS has contacted the Chilean and American 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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