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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Bidar District, Karnataka State, India

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (May 13) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Bidar District, Karnataka State of India, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the district concerned with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong did not import any poultry meat or poultry eggs from India last year and in the first three months of this year.

     "The CFS has contacted the Indian authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE 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, May 13, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:30


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