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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from areas in Poland and France
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (December 6) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Gorzowski County in Poland and Lot-et-Garonne Department in France, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the two areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that in the first 10 months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 16 400 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 4.8 million poultry eggs from Poland, and about 12 500 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and 13.9 million poultry eggs from France.

     "The CFS has contacted the Polish and French authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks in the countries concerned. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.
Ends/Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:08
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