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

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (April 25) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Kings County of the State of New York in the United States (US) and East Riding of Yorkshire District of East Riding of Yorkshire County in the United Kingdom (UK), 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 1,010 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 290,000 poultry eggs from the UK last year.

"The CFS has contacted the American and British 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, April 25, 2023