Hong Kong Says No To Indian Poultry

January 30, 2017

NewsStandOnline.Net (30-January-2017): Hong Kong has banned import of poultry products from India due to an outbreak of ‘Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza’ (HPAI H5N8).

It has been three weeks since UAE suspended import of poultry products from India on account of an outbreak of ‘Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza’ (HPAI H5N8). Now Hong Kong is following the same path on the grounds of animal health.

As per the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), the outbreak initiated in Kottayam, Kerala.

Hong Kong Says No To Indian Poultry

However, Ramesh Khatri, president of Poultry Federation of India said, “Some non-governmental organisations are working consistently to malign India, on funding support from overseas. They are at work. We do not deny death of birds in Kottayam but they were migratory birds that die on climate change and some other non-avian influenza-related issues. There is no avian influenza case in India. ”

Hong Kong counterparts have sought details of the outbreak from India.  Reportedly, India’s export of poultry products has surged from $92.8 mn to $117.4 mn in last three years. This sort of a incident could be big hindrance in the growth of these numbers.