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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from parts of US

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (April 24) that in view of a notification from the United States (US) authorities about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in Osceola County and Sac County in the US state of Iowa, Pipestone County in the US state of Minnesota and Chippewa County in the US state of Wisconsin, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above four counties with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 267 000 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 530 million poultry eggs from the US last year.

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

Ends/Friday, April 24, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:30


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