Import of poultry meat and products from Overijssel province in the Netherlands to be suspended

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 16) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza in the province of Overijssel in the Netherlands, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the province with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 4 900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 1.8 million poultry eggs from the Netherlands last year.

     "The CFS has contacted the Dutch 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/Friday, March 16, 2018
Issued at HKT 15:40