Import of poultry meat and products from Indre-et-Loire Department and Seine-Maritime Department in France suspended due to H5N1 outbreak

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27th September 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Indre-et-Loire Department and Seine-Maritime Department in France, 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 540 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 25,000 poultry eggs from France in the first six months of this year.

“The CFS has contacted the French authority over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE 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.

HKSAR Govt Press Release

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