Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Kota Bharu in Kelantan State of Malaysia

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 9) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Kota Bharu District in Kelantan State, Malaysia, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 26 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 140 000 poultry eggs from Malaysia last year.

     "The CFS has contacted the Malaysian authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.

Ends/Thursday, March 9, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:41