Avian Influenza Hong Kong restricts imports from India

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, January 03, 2019
CFS will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on avian influenza outbreaks.
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CFS will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on avian influenza outbreaks.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that in view of an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Munger district, Bihar state, in India, that the import of poultry meat and products is suspended with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said Hong Kong currently has an established protocol with India for import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. In the first nine months of this year, no poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from India.

"The CFS has contacted the Indian authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman commented.   

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