Hong Kong authorities announced Wednesday [6 January 2016] that they have banned the import of poultry meat and products from France’s Lot Department because of outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said that in view of a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in various areas including Lot Department of France, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from Lot Department with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong…Full Article: ECNS.cn Jan 2016

Key Points

  • Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety noted that other bird flu related French import bans remain in effect.
  • From January to November 2015, Hong Kong imported approximately 9,800 MTs of chilled/frozen poultry meat and 335,000 poultry eggs from France.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2015, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from Bavaria’s Cham District due to an outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza.
  • In January 2015, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from southern 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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