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Import of poultry meat and products from Lot-et-Garonne Department in France suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (December 6) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N3 avian influenza in the Lot-et-Garonne Department in France, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend 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 in the first nine months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 10 700 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and seven million poultry eggs from France.

     "The CFS has contacted the French 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/Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:51
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