Illegal poultry importers prosecuted
A total of 76 visitors were prosecuted in 2007 for
entering Hong Kong through land boundary check points or the airport with
illegal poultry imports.
Secretary for Food & Health, Dr York Chow, said apart from inspections
at boundary checkpoints, the Centre for Food Safety mounts joint operations with
Customs to crack down on illegal poultry imports.
The Quarantine Detector Dog Programme has also been launched since the
Chinese New Year to help detect the illegal import of animal and meat products
Speaking about bird flu, Dr Chow said there were eight birds found infected
with H5N1 virus in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Sham Shui Po, South and Islands
districts in the past six months.
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