Hong Kong bans import of poultry from German state

Hong Kong bans poultry after German outbreak of H5 avian influenza
Hong Kong bans poultry after German outbreak of H5 avian influenza

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Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry products from a Germany state over an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza on a poultry holding.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said it made the decision after a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about the outbreak in the State of Thuringen.

It has banned the import of poultry products, including poultry eggs, from the state with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health.

A CFS spokesman said about 10,000 tonnes of frozen and chilled poultry meat and about 2.8 million poultry eggs, were imported into Hong Kong from Germany last year.

"We have contacted the German authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on the avian influenza outbreaks in the country.”

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