Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Chile and Germany suspended

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 16) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Cachapoal Province in Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region in Chile, and the District of Ansbach in the State of Bayern in Germany, 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 Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with Chile for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 50 tonnes and about 30 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Chile and Germany respectively last year.

"The CFS has contacted the Chilean and German 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/Thursday, March 16, 2023