[Source: Centre for Food Safety, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full text: (LINK).]
Poultry imports from Lochem, the Netherlands, banned
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 13) that it has banned importing poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from a poultry holding in the village of Lochem, Gelderland Province, the Netherlands, with immediate effect in view of a notification from the Netherlands Consulate General in Hong Kong about an outbreak of H7 avian influenza in the village for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health.
"We have contacted the Netherlands authorities for more details on the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," a CFS spokesman added.
Last year, Hong Kong imported about 17 000 tonnes of frozen poultry and 1.3 million poultry eggs from the Netherlands.
Ends/Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:13