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Import of poultry meat and products from Vendee Department in France suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (February 14) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N3 avian influenza in Vendee Department in France, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the department 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 14, 2018
Issued at HKT 16:21
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