CHINA, Hong Kong. The Hong Kong authorities have announced a temporary ban on poultry imports from the Province of Milan in Italy due to an avian influenza outbreak that took place in the area.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department from Hong Kong has announced a ban on the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the province of Milan after receiving a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in that province in Italy.
A CFS spokesman said that in the first nine months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 1,300 t of frozen poultry meat and 12,000 poultry eggs from Italy.
"The CFS has contacted the Italian authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation", the spokesman said.