No due to an outbreak of avian flu, poultry from the Philippines will now be banned from Hong Kong, authorities within the territory mentioned.
Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety additionally banned the import of poultry meat and merchandise from Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, South Africa.
“(I)n view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in the Philippines, and an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 in Steve Tshwete Local Municipality of South Africa, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above places with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong,” it mentioned.
But the CFS additionally famous Hong Kong has not established any protocol with the Philippines for imports of poultry meat and eggs.
Thus, it mentioned there is no such thing as a import of such commodities from the nation to date.
CFS mentioned it has contacted the Philippine and South African authorities over the problems “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,” it added.