Import of poultry meat and products from areas in US and Japan suspended

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 7) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Miami-Dade County of the State of Florida and Wayne County of the State of Illinois in the United States (US), and a notification from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Niigata Prefecture in Japan, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above-mentioned areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

A CFS spokesman said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 16,320 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 228.88 million poultry eggs from the US, and about 1,780 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 413.15 million poultry eggs from Japan last year.

‚Äč"The CFS has contacted the American and Japanese authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the WOAH and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.
 
Ends/Tuesday, March 7, 2023