Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) suspended importing poultry meat and products with immediate effect from Jeollabuk-do Province, Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Daegu Metropolitan City in South Korea, it said here on Tuesday [21 November 2017]…Full Article: Xinhua Nov 2017

Key Point

  • Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports, including eggs, from the South Korean Provinces of South Gyeongsang and North Jeolla due to outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 and H5N8 avian influenza. From January to September 2017, Hong Kong imported approximately 77 MTs of frozen poultry meat and 390,000 eggs from South Korea.

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  • In September 2017, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports, including eggs, from the Province of Padua, northern Italy, due to an outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza. From January to June 2017, Hong Kong imported approximately 1,000 MTs of frozen poultry meat and 10,000 eggs from Italy.
  • In January 2017, 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.
  • 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-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).

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