The Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, Dr York Chow, addressed a lunch hosted by the Hong Kong Association on April 24 (London time) for business leaders in the United Kingdom on Hong Kong's preparedness for avian influenza. Earlier in the morning, Dr Chow visited the Food Standards Agency which is an independent Government department to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food. Dr Chow will later meet the Minister of State for Health Services, Ms Rosie Winterton, to discuss health issues of mutual concern.