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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

HK bans import of poultry products from parts of Italy

Press release from Hong Kong's CHP :

" The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (October 16) that in view of a notification from the European Commission about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5 sub-type avian influenza on a poultry holding in Brescia Province, Lombardy Region, Italy, import of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from this area has been banned with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health.

A CFS spokesman said about 2 000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and 120 000 poultry eggs from Italy were imported into Hong Kong last year.

An import ban on the same items from Emilia-Romagna Province, Italy, has been in effect since August 17 this year and is still in force, he added."

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