Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Province of Cremona in Italy

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (September 8) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Cremona in Italy, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the province with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that in the first six months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 1 000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 10 000 poultry eggs from Italy.

     "The CFS has contacted the Italian 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/Friday, September 8, 2017
Issued at HKT 14:50