Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday [9 Wednesday 2015] that they have banned the import of poultry meat and products from the District of Cham in Germany’s Bavaria state over an outbreak of bird flu. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said the measure was taken after a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in the area…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2015

Key Point

  • From January to October 2015, Hong Kong imported approximately 3,400 MTs of poultry meat (frozen) and 4.2 million poultry eggs from Germany.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In January 2015, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from Japan’s Okayama Prefecture due to a H5 avian influenza outbreak.
  • In January 2015, Taiwan culled 120,000 chickens in Pingtung County due to an outbreak [detected on 9 January 2015] of H5N2 avian influenza.
  • In late December 2014, Hong Kong banned imports from various US poultry products after cases of H5N2 were reported in Whatcom County, Washington (bordering British Columbia).
  • In April 2014, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture due to a H5 avian influenza outbreak.
  • There are nine potential subtypes of H5 viruses: H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N4, H5N5, H5N6, H5N7, H5N8, and H5N9.

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