Food safety authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced Monday to suspend import of poultry meat from a district in the State of Lower Saxony in Germany. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said that in view of a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in the District of Rotenburg, State of Lower Saxony in Germany…Full Article: Xinhua Nov 2017

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  • From January to September 2017, Hong Kong imported approximately 1,700 MTs of poultry meat (frozen) and 1.1 million eggs from Germany.

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  • In December 2015, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from Bavaria’s Cham District due to an outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza. From January to October 2015, Hong Kong imported approximately 3,400 MTs of poultry meat (frozen) and 4.2 million poultry eggs from Germany.
  • In January 2015, Hong Kong banned imports of poultry products from southern Japan’s Okayama Prefecture due to a H5 avian influenza outbreak. During the same month, 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).
  • There are nine potential subtypes of H5 viruses: H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N4, H5N5, H5N6, H5N7, H5N8, and H5N9.

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