Preceding the Chinese New Year, there will be
an increase of live chicken imports from the Chinese
The Hong Kong Health,
Welfare and Food Bureau made the decision after assessing the latest
situation of avian influenza and balancing the festive demand for live chickens.
According to the bureau, the ceiling of the daily live chicken imports from the
mainland will be increased from 20,000 to 60,000 from February 10 to 13 and to
80,000 from February 14 to 16. The ceiling for daily live chicken imports will
return to 20,000 starting February 20.
The government will pay extra attention to the
hygiene of live poultry wholesale market and retail outlets and any overstocking
of live poultry. Suitable adjustments will be made in accordance with the actual
situation in the markets if necessary.
The spokesman stressed that if human or poultry
influenza infection were found in Guangdong or Hong Kong
prior to or during this period, the government would immediately suspend the
above-mentioned live chicken import arrangement.
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