The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) announced on Friday (February 17) that it has banned the import of poultry meat and products, including eggs, from parts of Italy, Poland and the UK over fears regarding bird flu.
The decision was taken in light of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about “outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza” in certain areas, the department said on its website.
The specific areas affected are the Zgorzelecki and Cieszynski districts of Poland, the province of Mantua in Italy and the district of Mid Suffolk, Suffolk County in the UK.
The CHP explained that the ban had been put in place “with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.”
A spokesperson for the department said, “The CFS has contacted the Polish, Italian and UK authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation.”