he Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
announced today (January 17) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation
for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the
State of Bavaria inGermany and Kottayam District in Kerala State of India, and an
outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Uganda and a notification from the
Japanese authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Gifu
Prefecture, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry
eggs) from the above places with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
A CFS spokesman said that in the first 11 months of last year, Hong Kong imported about 9
300 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 2 million poultry eggs from Germany, and about 6
800 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 45 million poultry eggs from Japan. Hong Kong at
present has established a protocol with India for the import of poultry eggs but not for
poultry meat, and no poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from India in the same
period. In addition, as Hong Kong has not established any protocol with Uganda for
imports of poultry meat and eggs, there is no import of such commodities from Uganda.
The CFS has contacted the German, Indian, Japanese and Ugandan authorities over the
issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza
outbreaks in the countries concerned. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the
development of the situation, the spokesman said.
Source:The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's
Republic of China.