Hong Kong bans import of poultry from Malaysia following avian flu outbreak

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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) announced yesterday (March 9) that it has banned the import of poultry meat and products, including eggs, from Kota Bharu district in Kelantin state, Malaysia with immediate effect.

The ban comes after the department received notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of an outbreak of the highly pathgenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza in the area.

According to a CFS spokesperson, Hong Kong imported approximately 26 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 140,000 poultry eggs from Malaysia last year.

The spokesperson said that the CFS has "contacted the Malaysian authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks."

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