The Food of Animal Origin Unit under Veterinary Public Health Section is responsible for export certification for foods of animal origin.

Issuance of Health Certificate for Foods of Animal Origin

The Centre for Food Safety of the HKSAR is the competent authority to issue Health Certificates for Foods of Animal Origin for food products being exported to countries which require the certificates during importation. This is a public service to assist local food companies exporting foods containing ingredients of animal origin in meeting the veterinary health requirements imposed on imports by other countries.

Certification Requirements

Sending in an application does not guarantee the issuance of such certificate. It requires the inspection of detailed food manufacturing process of food establishment to ensure that all requirements specified by importing countries are fulfilled. The import requirements imposed by each importing country may be different. Local food exporter is recommended to check with the relevant competent authority of the importing country on the importation requirements and comply with such requirements before submission of their application.


The fee for each health certificate for foods of animal origin is $7,165.00 as of December 2007 and is non-refundable.