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HK bans import of poultry meat and products from Okayama Prefecture, Japan

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 16) that, in view of the announcement made by the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of H5 avian influenza in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the prefecture with immediate effect for the protection of public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that more than 5 000 tonnes of frozen and chilled poultry meat and 20 million poultry eggs were imported from Japan into Hong Kong from January to November last year.

     The CFS has contacted the Japanese authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on the avian influenza outbreak in the country. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation.

Ends/Friday, January 16, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:17


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