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Import of poultry meat and products from three departments in France suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (February 7) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about the outbreaks of low-pathogenic H5N3 avian influenza in Gers Department, Morbihan Department and Loire-Atlantique Department in France, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the three departments with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 14 000 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and 7.6 million poultry eggs from France last year.

     "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, February 7, 2018
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