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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Lekwa Local Municipality, South Africa
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (June 30) that in view of a notification from the South African authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Lekwa Local Municipality, South Africa, it has banned 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 no poultry meat or poultry eggs were imported from South Africa in the first five months of this year.

     "The CFS has contacted the South African authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.
Ends/Friday, June 30, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:42
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