Import of poultry meat and products from Union County of State of New Jersey in US suspended
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (September 26) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Union County of the State of New Jersey in the United States (US), the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the area 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 12 280 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 19.5 million poultry eggs from the US in the first six months of this year.
"The CFS has contacted the American 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, September 26, 2023