Export and import of poultry meat and eggs is very common in Africa and Asia. Togo has been exporting poultry meat and eggs to Hong Kong until there was a report of an influenza outbreak on poultries in Togo. Hong Kong, who use to import poultry meat and eggs from Togo has now banned the activity.
According to officials in Hong Kong, there has not been any credible or official agreement with Togo for the export of poultry meat into their country. On the 26th of August, The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department publicized that based on some notices the have received from the World Organisation for Animal Health regarding outbreaks of dangerous disease causing H5N1 avian influenza in Togo, they are no more going to received exported poultry meat and eggs from Togo. The CFS with no hesitation, ordered that there will no import of such products from the country into Hong Kong due to risk of potential health hazards.
Additionally, the CFS reached out to the Togo authorities regarding the issue. Also, the CFS ha assured the public that it will strengthen the effective implementation of the announcement and ensure that imported poultry is safe for consumption. According to CFS, they will follow the reports released by the World Organisation for Animal Health on the H5N1 avian influenza in Togo and take necessary steps to ensure safety.