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#H7N7 Hong Kong: HK bans import of poultry products from Scott County, Arkansas, US

June 21, 2013

Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (June 21) announced that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of low-pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza on a poultry farm in Scott County, Arkansas, the US, it has banned the import of poultry and poultry products, including poultry eggs, from the county with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong's public and animal health.

A CFS spokesman said about 320 000 tonnes of frozen poultry meat, 9 tonnes of chilled poultry meat and 520 000 000 poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from the US last year.

"We have contacted the American authorities over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on the avian influenza outbreaks in the country. Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation," the spokesman said.

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