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Imported Game, Meat, Poultry and Eggs Regulations

Section 4 Restriction on the import of certain meat, meat products, poultry and eggs

4(1) Subject to subregulation (2), no person shall import-
 
(a) meat or poultry-
 
(i) without a health certificate; or
(ii)
where it has been transhipped, subject to subregulation (5), without a transhipment certificate;
(ab) eggs-
 
(i) without a health certificate;
(ii)
where they have been transhipped, subject to subregulation (5), without a transhipment certificate;
(iii)
without having obtained a permission in writing of a health officer that the officer may give for the purposes of this subregulation; or
(iv)
without having complied with such conditions as a health officer may impose for the purposes of this subregulation; or
(b)
game or prohibited meat, whether directly imported or transhipped, otherwise than with the permission in writing of a health officer and subject to such conditions as he may impose.
4(2)
Meat, poultry or eggs may be imported without a health certificate subject to the permission in writing of a health officer and to such conditions as he may impose.
4(2A)

For the purposes of subregulation (1)(ab)(iii), a health officer may only give a permission to a person for the import of eggs if the person has given to the officer the following information as may be required by the officer-

(a)
the type and quantity of the eggs to be imported;
(b)
the expected date of arrival of the eggs in Hong Kong;
(c)
the means of transport used for the import of the eggs;
(d)
if the eggs are containerized, the container number;
(e)
any other information the officer considers essential to enable the officer to trace the eggs imported.;

 

4(3)
Where a person imports game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat under subregulation (1) or (2) a health officer may-
 
(a)
require the person who imports such game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat to submit it for inspection by a health inspector on arrival; and
(b)
impose such conditions or issue such directions with regard to the imported game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat as he may consider desirable for the purpose of ensuring that it is sound, wholesome or fit for human consumption.

4(4)

For the purposes of this regulation, meat, poultry or eggs are deemed to be transhipped if they are consigned to Hong Kong from the place of origin but before being imported into Hong Kong were unloaded in another place and either-
 
(a)
returned to the same vessel or aircraft or vehicle from which they were unloaded; or
(b)
transferred to another vessel or aircraft or vehicle before being exported from that place, whether they were transferred directly between such vessels or aircraft or vehicles or whether they were stored pending exportation.
4(5)

No transhipment certificate shall be required in respect of meat, poultry or eggs imported into Hong Kong in sealed refrigerated containers, where the person who imports the meat, poultry or eggs establishes to the satisfaction of a health officer that the seals of the containers have remained intact and have not been tampered with in any manner in the course of their journey from the place of origin to Hong Kong.

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Section 5

Procedure for export, destruction or disposal of game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat imported in contravention of regulation 4


5(1)
If upon the report of a health inspector who has examined any game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat it appears to a health officer that-
 
(a)
the meat or poultry is being or has been imported in contravention of regulation 4(1)(a) or (2); or
(ab)
the eggs are being or have been imported in contravention of regulation 4(1)(ab) or (2); or
(b)
the health certificate or the transhipment certificate accompanying the meat, poultry or eggs is incorrect or does not apply to Hong Kong; or
(c)
although the meat, poultry or eggs are accompanied by a health certificate and a transhipment certificate, where such is required, any condition or direction referred to in regulation 4(3) has not been complied with or the meat, poultry or eggs are unfit for human consumption, unsound or unwholesome; or
(d)
game or prohibited meat has been imported without the permission of a health officer; or
(e)
any condition imposed under regulation 4(1)(ab)(iv) or (b) or (2) has not been complied with; or
(f)
although game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat has been imported in accordance with regulation 4(1)(b) or (2) as the case may be, any condition or direction referred to in regulation 4(3) has not been complied with or it is unfit for human consumption, unsound or unwholesome,
the health officer shall by notice in writing addressed to the person in possession of the imported game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat direct that such person shall either surrender such game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat to the Authority or shall export it to its place of origin, in which event the person shall not part with possession of such game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat until it is exported.
5(2)
A notice under subregulation (1) shall state-
 
(a)
that within the time specified in the notice, being not less than 48 hours after the notice is received, the person in possession of the imported game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat shall undertake in writing that, within 30 days from the date of the undertaking, he will either surrender the game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat to the Authority or export the game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat at his own expense; and
(b)
that if the game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat is surrendered or is not exported in accordance with the undertaking, the game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the Authority under section 59 of the Ordinance.

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Section 6

Prohibition of re-import where notice given under regulation 5(1)


6
No person shall import any game, meat, poultry, eggs or prohibited meat, which to his knowledge has been exported from Hong Kong pursuant to an undertaking given by any person under regulation 5(2).

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