Hong Kong’s food safety authority decided on Monday to suspend the import of poultry meat and products from different areas in Britain, Germany, and South Korea due to the bird flu outbreaks.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said this was in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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There was an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Lisburn and Castlereagh District of Northern Ireland in Britain, and Cuxhaven District in the State of Niedersachsen of Germany.

Another notification was from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of South Korea about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Goseong-gun of Gyeongsangnam-do Province of South Korea.

The CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from these areas with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong. (Xinhua/NAN)