CHINA, Hong Kong. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department from Hong Kong has recently announced the ban on all imports of poultry meat and eggs from Afghanistan.
The authorities from Hong Kong have imposed this restriction after receiving a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Afghanistan.
A CFS spokesman said in a statement that since Hong Kong has not established any protocol with Afghanistan for imports of poultry meat and eggs, there is no import of such commodities from the country. "The CFS has contacted the Afghan 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.