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HK bans import of poultry products from Dronten, Province of Flevoland, Netherlands

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 3) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza on a poultry farm in the municipality of Dronten in the Province of Flevoland in the Netherlands, it has banned the import of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from the municipality with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health.

     A CFS spokesman said about 18 000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat, 26 tonnes of chilled poultry meat and 14 million poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from the Netherlands from last year.

     An import ban on the same items from the Province of Groningen in the Netherlands has been in effect since December last year and it is still in force, he added.

     The CFS has contacted the Netherlands authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on the avian influenza outbreaks in the country. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation.

Ends/Monday, March 3, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:15


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