Hong Kong food safety officials have placed a temporary suspension on the import of poultry meat and products from three more regions – in mainland China, Japan and Poland following the detection of bird flu strains in these areas…Full Article: South China Morning Post Dec 2016

Key Points

  • Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports from Yining City, Xinjiang Region, and from Kumamoto Prefecture, southern Japan due to the H5N6 avian influenza strain. Hong Kong also banned poultry imports from the southern Poland counties of Miechów and Proszowice due to the H5N8 strain.
  • Owing to bird flu related outbreaks, Hong Kong has banned poultry imports from various regions of South Korea, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, India, Britain, Mainland China, France, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Serbia (nationwide), Iran (nationwide), and Bhutan (nationwide).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2016, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports from various regions of Japan, Britain, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. These bans included imports from Hokkaido Prefecture (northern Japan), Lincolnshire (central-eastern England), Przemyśl County (southeastern Poland), North Rhine-Westphalia (western Germany), and Overijssel (central-eastern Netherlands) owing to bird flu outbreaks of H5N8. Poultry imports were also banned from Miyazaki Prefecture (southern Japan) due to an H5N6 outbreak, while the ban on poultry imports from Utö Island (near Stockholm, Sweden) was for an unspecified strain.
  • In mid-January 2015, Chiayi County (southwestern Taiwan) destroyed more than 1,500 geese due to an H5N8 outbreak. Meanwhile, 120,000 chickens were culled 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 addition, H5N8 was detected in Winston, Oregon (~450 miles south of Whatcom).
  • In early September 2014, an outbreak of H5N6 was reported on a geese farm in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. It was reported that approximately 18,000 geese died in August 2014 on the farm and 69,000 poultry were subsequently culled.

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