Hong Kong bans poultry imports from three more regions after bird flu outbreaks

By staff writer and Reuters

The Centre for Food Safety has suspended poultry imports from several other areas around the world since October

By staff writer and Reuters |

Latest Articles

Why are there protests in the US and what is #BlackLivesMatter?

Officials cull chickens at a poultry farm in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, after detection of the bird flu virus there.

The import ban by the Centre for Food Safety came after a confirmed case of H5N6 virus infection in Yining, Xinjiang; the detection of a bird flu strain in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan; and a case of the H5N8 strain in the Miechowski and Proszowicki counties of Poland.

The centre said the move was based on advice by the World Organisation for Animal Health. “Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation,” a centre spokesman said.

Food safety chiefs said the Xinjiang outbreak did not affect any registered mainland poultry farms or registered poultry meat processing plants exporting to Hong Kong.

According to official data, in the first 10 months of this year, Hong Kong imported about 6,000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 40.6 million eggs from Japan, as well as about 16,400 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 4.8 million eggs from Poland.

The Centre for Food Safety has banned poultry meat and product imports from several regions around the world since October after various bird flu outbreaks.

Other areas currently banned from importing into Hong Kong include Lincolnshire in Britain, Przemyski and Gorzowski in Poland and Kherson province in Ukraine.

The ban comes after a 75-year-old man who tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu virus died at North District Hospital in Sheung Shui on Christmas Day, the Centre for Health Protection confirmed. He had been to Changping in Guangdong province. The incident was the first imported case of bird flu this winter.

On the mainland, Wuxi will suspend its poultry trade from Thursday amid fears about bird flu. It is the second city in Jiangsu to halt live poultry trading after Suzhou suspended it on Sunday.

At least seven people on the mainland have been infected this winter with the H7N9 bird flu strain and two have died.

Edited by Pete Spurrier