The Food Safety Center (Center) of the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on February 26 that, in response to a notification from the Swedish Agriculture Bureau, that the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza had occurred in l
ink?ping, Oost Götland Province, Sweden. The center immediately instructed the industry to suspend the import of poultry meat and poultry products (including poultry eggs) from l
ink?ping city and its adjacent Mj?lby city to protect the public health of Hong Kong.
A spokesperson for the center said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 1,550 tonnes of frozen poultry meat from Sweden last year.
spokesperson said:”The center has contacted the Swedish authorities regarding the incident, and will continue to closely monitor the news about the outbreak of avian influenza from the World Organisation for Animal Health and relevant authorities, and take appropriate actions in response to the development of the local epidemic.”