The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (May 13) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Bidar District, Karnataka State of India, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the district concerned with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong…Full Article: Hong Kong Government May 2016

Key Point

  • From January 2015 to March 2016, Hong Kong did not import any poultry products (meat and eggs) from India.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In January 2016, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from Lot Department, southern France, due to an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza.
  • 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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