The Food Safety Authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Monday said it would suspend the import of poultry products from Denmark’s southern Middelfart Municipality.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Hong Kong SAR government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department suspended the import of poultry products in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
OIE said it issued the suspension notice due to an outbreak of low pathogenic H7 avian influenza in Middelfart Municipality.
It said it has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including eggs, from the area with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
According to CFS, Hong Kong imported about 1,340 tons of frozen poultry meat and about 1.56 million eggs from Denmark in 2018.
“The CFS contacted the Danish authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks.
“Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation. (Xinhua/NAN)