Hong Kong is again allowing the import of poultry products from South Korea, ending a trade ban that had been in place since May 2014.
The ban was implemented because of fears of the spread of avian influenza, which was detected in South Korea in May 2014. However, the country was declared free of the virus on February 28, prompting Hong Kong to lift the trade restriction.
According to a report from Yahoo News, South Korea has been given clearance ship fresh poultry products, including chicken and duck meets and eggs to Hong Kong.
“We will do our best to prevent recurrence of [avian influenza] so that our poultry exports to Hong Kong can continue,” the South Korean agriculture ministry said.
While South Korea has been declared free of highly pathogenic avian influenza, a recent outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza in Hong Kong was also recently resolved. According to a report submitted to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) by the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, a case where four birds that tested positive for the virus was resolved on February 19.
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