Food safety authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Tuesday [12 December 2017] that it has ordered to suspend import of poultry products from a province of the Netherlands due to bird flu outbreak there…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2017

Key Point

  • Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) banned poultry imports, including eggs, from the Province of Flevoland, the Netherlands, due to an outbreak of H5N6 avian influenza. From January to September 2017, Hong Kong imported approximately 3,300 MTs of frozen poultry meat and 1.6 million eggs from the Netherlands.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2017, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) stated it would reduce the scope of required import poultry egg testing from all EU countries to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and Italy. Starting in August 2017, Hong Kong health authorities held and tested all imported EU poultry eggs due to fipronil contamination.
  • In August 2017, Hong Kong’s CFS detected high levels of fipronil in two samples of imported Dutch poultry eggs. Hong Kong’s CFS did not immediately ban imports of Dutch poultry eggs. Instead all poultry eggs from the Netherlands will tested prior to be released on the market.
  • In January 2017, an outbreak of H5N6 avian influenza was reported at a goose farm in Yuanjiang, Hunan Province. As a result of the H5N6 outbreak, 1,054 birds died, while officials culled and disposed of an additional 2,067 birds.
  • In December 2016, according to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, 106 human cases, including 20 deaths, of H7N9 have been reported in China. During the same month, Hong Kong banned poultry imports 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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