Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry meat and products from Okayama Prefecture, Japan, in view of an outbreak of H5 avian influenza announced by the Japanese authorities, the city’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) said on Friday [16 Janaury 2015]. The CFS has contacted the Japanese authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organization for Animal Health on the avian influenza outbreak in the country, according to a CFS spokesman…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015

Key Point

  • From January to November 2014, Hong Kong imported approximately 5,000 MTs of frozen/chilled poultry meat and 20 million eggs from Japan.

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  • In early January 2015, Huizhou, Guangdong Province, culled 13,000 chickens after realizing it exported H7N9 infected chicken to Hong Kong.
  • In December 2014, 19,000 birds were culled in Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. A three week ban on bird imports was instituted.

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