Food alerts for poultry products from Germany, France

Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety has banned imports from areas in Germany and France in the wake of an outbreak of bird flu.

The Centre's move came after notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The Centre said yesterday it had received two notifications relating to France - one of highly pathogenic H5N9 avian influenza and low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in Landes, and another of an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Haute-Vienne.

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It has moved swiftly to ban the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the two areas concerned with immediate effect to protect public health.

About 8800 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat were imported into Hong Kong from France from January to October this year, but no poultry eggs.

The Centre also received another notification relating to an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in the District of Cham in Germany's Bavaria.

The Centre has also banned the import of poultry meat and products (including eggs) from the area concerned.

About 3400 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 4 200 000 poultry eggs were imported from Germany into Hong Kong from January to October this year.

A spokesman said the Centre had contacted authorities in both countries and will closely monitor information issued on avian influenza outbreaks.


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