The Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s Food Safety Center (Centre) announced on April 9 that in response to the World Organisation for Animal Health’s notification, it refers to the East Staford district of Stafordshire, UK, and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza broke out in Paderborn, Münster, Mörkischer Kreis, Wallendorf, Minden-Lübbecke, Hochsauerlandkreis and Gütersloh. The center immediately instructed the industry to suspend the import of poultry from these areas And poultry products (including poultry eggs) to protect Hong Kong’s public health.
A spokesperson for the Centre said that according to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong imported about 11,130 metric tons of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 420,000 poultry eggs from the United Kingdom last year, as well as imports from Germany. About 3,900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 1.41 million poultry eggs.
spokesperson said:”The center has contacted the British and German authorities regarding the incident, and will continue to closely monitor the news of the outbreak of avian influenza from the World Organization for Animal Health and relevant authorities, and take appropriate actions in response to the development of the local epidemic.”