HK suspends the import of poultry meat and products from Hungary, Italy, and Japan

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Market-goers seen in one of the local markets in Hong Kong.

Food Safety Authority suspended the importation of poultry meat and products from Italy, Japan, and Hungary to Hong Kong on Nov. 17 and 18.

In a government announcement, they received a notification from the World Organization from Animal Health about the outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Bacs-Kiskun County in Hungary, Brescia Province of the Lombardy Region and Roma Province of the Lazio Region in Italy, and H5 pathogenic avian influenza in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

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The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the trade to immediately suspend the importation of poultry meat and product that includes eggs from Italy and Japan to protect public health in Hong Kong.

According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 730 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Hungary, 770 tonnes of frozen poultry meat, and about 77,000 poultry eggs from Italy in the first nine months. While in Japan, about 40 tonnes of chilled poultry meat, about 2,530 tonnes of poultry meat, and 210.28 million poultry eggs in the first nine months.

The CFS has contacted the Hungarian, Italian, and Japanese authorities over the issue and will monitor information on the situation.

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