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Import of poultry meat and products from Kagawa Prefecture in Japan suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 12) that in view of a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of H5 avian influenza in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the prefecture with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that in the first nine months of last year, Hong Kong imported about 4 300 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 40 million poultry eggs from Japan.

     "The CFS has contacted the Japanese authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.
Ends/Friday, January 12, 2018
Issued at HKT 18:51
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