China bans Italian poultry imports

by Editor
Monday, October 21, 2013

Imports of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from Italy's Lombardy Region has been banned with immediate effect due to threat of avian flu, according the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety.

The ban came after a notification from the European Commission about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5 sub-type avian influenza on a poultry holding in Brescia Province, Lombardy Region, Italy. The step is taken for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health. The center said about 2,000 t of frozen poultry meat and 120,000 poultry eggs from Italy were imported into Hong Kong last year.

An import ban on the same items from Emilia-Romagna Province, Italy, has been in effect since 17 August this year and is still in force.