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HK bans import of poultry meat and products from Region of Veneto, Italy

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (December 17) that, based on the announcement made by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Region of Veneto, Italy, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the region with immediate effect for the protection of public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that about 2 900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat was imported from Italy into Hong Kong from January to October this year.

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

Ends/Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:01


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