Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Argentina and Japan suspended due to H5 avian influenza outbreak

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Hong Kong Government Press Release

29th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 29) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Las Colonias Department of the Province of Santa Fe in Argentina and Hokkaido Prefecture in Japan respectively, 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 130 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Argentina, and about 1,780 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 413.15 million poultry eggs from Japan last year. 

 “The CFS has contacted the Argentinian 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.