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Import of poultry meat and products from Afghanistan suspended
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 24) that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Afghanistan, the CFS has suspended the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the country with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

     A CFS spokesman said that since Hong Kong has not established any protocol with Afghanistan for imports of poultry meat and eggs, there is no import of such commodities from the country.

     "The CFS has contacted the Afghan 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," the spokesman said.
Ends/Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:05
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