Hong Kong authorities announced Tuesday [10 January 2017] that they have banned the import of poultry meat and products from Chile’s Quilpue and Romania…Full Article: The Global Times Jan 2017

Key Point

  • Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports from Quilpue [~80 miles northeast of Santiago] due to an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza H7. Poultry imports from Romania were banned owing to an outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza.

ChinaAg Comment

  • 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), Miechów, Proszowice, Przemyśl (all three are southern Polish counties), 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-December 2016, human cases of H7N9 were reported in Shanghai and Xiamen, Fujian Province.
  • In November 2016, a human case of H7N9 was reported in Guangdong Province.
  • In July 2016, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, confirmed a human death from H7N9 bird flu.
  • In June 2016, a single case H7N9 was reported in Langfang, Hebei Province, while Tianjin Municipality reported two cases (one of the individuals was from Langfang).
  • On 16 May 2016, Hong Kong authorities collected a sample from a street market in Tuen Mun District, western Hong Kong, which was later found to contain H7N9 bird flu.
  • From January to May 2016, 12 cases of H7N9 were reported in Guangdong Province.
  • In April 2016, two cases of H7N9 were reported in Jiangxi Province.
  • In March 2016, a case of H7N9 was reported in Hubei Province.
  • From January to February 2016, Hunan Province reported 5 cases of H7N9 bird flu in humans.
  • 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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