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Import of poultry meat and products from Ben Tre Province in Vietnam suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (September 10) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza in Ben Tre Province in Vietnam, 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 has currently established a protocol with Vietnam for import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. In the first six months of this year, no poultry eggs from Vietnam were imported into Hong Kong according to the Census and Statistics Department.

     "The CFS has contacted the Vietnamese 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, September 10, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:16
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