Hong Kong suspends poultry imports from region in Mexico

The suspension is due to the presence of avian influenza
calendar icon 30 May 2023
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Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced yesterday that imports of poultry meat and products from the State of Aguascalientes in Mexico have been suspended due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

CFS said the suspension was issued in order to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesperson said Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Mexico for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, no poultry meat was imported into Hong Kong from Mexico in the first three months of this year.

"The CFS has contacted the Mexican authority over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the WOAH 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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