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Import of poultry and poultry products from Duyun City of Qiannan State in Guizhou Province suspended

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 1) that in view of notifications from the Ministry of Agriculture and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about a confirmed case of highly pathogenic H5N6 sub-type avian influenza in Duyun City of Qiannan State in Guizhou Province, it has followed the existing approach for control of highly pathogenic avian influenza and taken the recommendations from the OIE into account to ban the import of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from the area within a radius of 3 kilometres from the said place for a period of 90 days, and from the area within a radius of 13km for 21 days with immediate effect for the protection of public health in Hong Kong.

     A spokesman for the CFS said that, according to the information from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the outbreak does not affect any registered Mainland poultry farms for export to Hong Kong. No registered poultry meat or poultry egg processing plants are currently situated within the import restriction zone concerned either.

     The Centre will closely monitor the latest developments of the avian flu case in the province and take appropriate follow-up action as necessary.

Ends/Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:26


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