Due to outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department at Hong Kong has announced that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Purnia District and Bhagalpur District of Bihar State in India, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry eggs from the areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
A CFS spokesman said that Hong Kong has currently established a protocol with India for the import of poultry eggs but not for poultry meat. According to the Census and Statistics Department, no eggs were imported into Hong Kong from India in the first three months of this year.
“The CFS has contacted the Indian authority over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the WOAH and the relevant authorities on the avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation,” the spokesman said.
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