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Import of poultry meat and products from Næstved Municipality in Denmark suspended
     ​The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (July 2) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Næstved Municipality, Denmark, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from the area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
     A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong imported about 390 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 530,000 poultry eggs from Denmark in the first three months of this year according to the figures provided by the Census and Statistics Department.
     "The CFS has contacted the Danish 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, July 2, 2019
Issued at HKT 19:20
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