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Import of poultry meat and products from Oost-Vlaanderen Province in Belgium suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (September 23) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Oost-Vlaanderen Province in Belgium, 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 according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about three kilograms of frozen poultry meat from Belgium in the first six months of this year.

     "The CFS has contacted the Belgian authority over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreak. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.
Ends/Friday, September 23, 2022
Issued at HKT 15:35
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