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Import of poultry meat and products from Bengaluru Urban District, Karnataka State of India suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 16) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Bengaluru Urban District, Karnataka State of India, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the district with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong at present has established a protocol with India for the import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. In the first nine months of last year, no poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from India.

     "The CFS has contacted the Indian 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/Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Issued at HKT 18:49
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