Hong Kong extends ban on live poultry imports from China
Published on Feb 18, 2014 8:08 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong officials said on Tuesday they were extending for four months a ban on live poultry imports from mainland China to guard against the potentially deadly H7N9 avian flu.
The city imposed a 21-day ban in January and culled some 20,000 chickens after the virus was found in one batch of imported chickens.
Health minister Ko Wing-man told reporters there are plans to set up a facility where imported poultry can be quarantined to ensure they are disease-free before being sent to market.
After four months, "we will liaise with mainland authorities about the supply of live poultry to Hong Kong", he said.
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