Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Poland, Germany and UK suspended

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (November 27) that in view of notifications from the General Veterinary Inspectorate of Poland, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in WolsztyƄski District, Wielkopolskie region in Poland; Dithmarschen District, State of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany; and Melton District, Leicestershire County in the United Kingdom (UK) respectively, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above-mentioned areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     According to the Census and Statistics Department, in the first nine months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 9,900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 21.32 million poultry eggs from Poland; about 2,500 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 880,000 poultry eggs from Germany; and about 8,700 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 330,000 poultry eggs from the UK.

     "The CFS has contacted the Polish, German and British authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.


Ends/Friday, November 27, 2020
Issued at HKT 18:31