The city should stop importing live poultry from the mainland to cut the risk of the deadly H7N9 bird flu entering Hong Kong, said the government’s former top vet who is a specialist in epidemics. Howard Wong Kai-hay, who was principle veterinary officer at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department until late last year, warned the inspection process was not thorough enough and food safety was at risk…Full-text article: South China Morning Post Apr 2013

Key point

  • Due to the 1997 Hong Kong bird flu pandemic, the HK government initiated measures in 2004 and 2008 that reduced the number of local poultry farms from 192 to 30 (as of 2013)

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