Food and Health Bureau

Chicken companies threaten to sue government over culling compensation

Cheng says about 25,000 of his chickens had to be killed during the three-week trade suspension.

Two local chicken production companies are threatening legal action against the government, claiming they are owed compensation for last month’s culling and the following three-week ban on the live poultry trade.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 6:45pm

Liberal Party and Democratic Party unite with proposal to ease doctor shortage

James Tien Pei-Chun says there's room for co-operation between the Liberal Party and pan-democrats.

In a rarely-seen partnership, a Beijing loyalist party and a pan-democrat party have united to call on the government to alleviate the shortage of doctors in public hospitals.

The Liberal Party and the Democratic Party released a proposal for improving the city’s public healthcare system at a joint press conference today.

25 Feb 2014 - 5:11pm

Leung Chun-ying under fire for urging Hongkongers to stop buying live chicken

Hong Kong health officials approach a wet market on Tuesday.

Lawmakers accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of being insensitive to stricken chicken farmers by urging Hongkongers to consider ending their tradition of buying live poultry for cooking.

29 Jan 2014 - 3:37pm 3 comments

Faster test to detect H7N9 virus in Hong Kong chicken

A live chicken stall at the Kowloon City wet market. Photo: Edward Wong

All live chicken in Hong Kong – including those being raised locally or imported from the mainland on a daily basis – should undergo the test before being sold to consumers, the health minister said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Proposal to limit milk formula exports tabled for consultation

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Sam Tsang

An adult traveller will be allowed to leave the city with only two cans of milk powder per day, the government has proposed in a consultation to amend the Import and Export (General) Regulations as it fine-tunes the city's measures to tackle the problem of parallel-goods trading.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

Unpopularity of Leung's policy address 'not surprising', health minister says

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The health minister acknowledged that the public was less satisfied with Leung Chun-ying’s policy address than with the maiden speeches of the last two leaders, adding that the current government faces an uphill climb amid recent controversies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

No 2 at Health Bureau is just what the doctor ordered

No 2 at Health Bureau is just what the doctor ordered

Fresh from overseeing the School of Nursing at the University of Hong Kong, it seemed Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee needed little time in her new role as No 2 at the Food and Health Bureau to start issuing orders.

There is little doubt of Chan's knowledge when it comes to health but she herself has had to acknowledge her lack of experience when it comes to politics.

21 Jan 2013 - 12:47pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 10, 2012

Starbucks stirred anger over unpaid dues. Photo: EPA

Police's holistic scheme fights animal cruelty

I refer to Ms Iris Ma's letter ("Set up police unit to curb animal abuse", December 3) and the article by Ms Patsy Moy ("Police unit urged after stray cats slaughtered", December 3).

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am 1 comment

Cataract patients diverted

About 7,100 cataract patients have been treated in the private sector with government aid since 2008, the Food and Health Bureau said. It will spend HK$55 million in the next two years aiding 8,000 operations. Waiting time for surgery in public hospitals in 2007 was 35.5 months, but this was cut to 31 months by December last year.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Officials snub forum to discuss urn niches

Government officials yesterday snubbed a public forum on a shortage of urn niches as they passed the buck over who should be in charge.

City Forum, organised by RTHK, was held at a park in Kowloon City and attended by villagers frustrated by urn storage near their homes.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Discussion on fish trawling ban

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Supply of live mainland chickens to double

The supply of live chickens from the mainland will double to 16,000 birds a day from tomorrow. The supply of mainland day-old-chicks to the city would also be resumed from the same day, the Food and Health Bureau said. Yesterday, the number of live chickens available in Hong Kong was 24,240, of which 8,000 were imported from the mainland and 16,240 were from local farms.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Home for elderly faces penalties

The Social Welfare Department is seeking legal advice on whether it should revoke the licence of a home for the elderly in Kowloon after residents were forced to use buckets as toilets.

The poor hygiene led to an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

17 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Elderly to be relocated from home with bucket toilets

Residents are being temporarily moved out of a home for the elderly where gastroenteritis broke out after they were forced to use buckets as toilets.

The residents of the Shui Oi Convalescent Home in Waterloo Road, Kowloon, are being relocated by the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau to another centre in Sai Kung.

9 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Loans for struggling fishermen rejected

The government yesterday rejected calls to provide low-interest loans to Hong Kong fishermen to allow them to upgrade boats and fish in more distant waters.

The proposal was contained in a consultant's report, commissioned by the government, aimed at revitalising the industry.

3 Oct 2002 - 12:00am