Import of poultry meat and products from Victor Khanye Local Municipality of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa suspended
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (June 27) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza in Victor Khanye Local Municipality of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products from the area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with South Africa for the import of poultry meat but not for poultry eggs. According to the Census and Statistics Department, no poultry meat was imported into Hong Kong from South Africa in the first three months of this year.
"The CFS has contacted the South African authority over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the WOAH and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreak. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.
Ends/Tuesday, June 27, 2023