Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat, products from Israel, Britain








HONG KONG  |   2015-02-03 20:21:53


Hong Kong bans

import of poultry meat, products

from Israel, Britain



By Xie Xiyu



Hong Kong authorities announced on Tuesday of February 3 that it has banned the import of poultry meat and products including poultry eggs from Hamerkaz District of Israel and Hampshire County of Britain because of avian influenza.

In view of a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Hamerkaz District of Israel and low pathogenic H7 avian influenza in Hampshire County, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products from the area concerned with immediate effect for the protection of Hong Kong’s public health, announced the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

About 18,000 tones of chilled and frozen poultry meat and about 7.2 million poultry eggs were imported into Hong Kong from Britain while there was no poultry meat or poultry eggs imported from Israel last year, according to the CFS.

The CFS has contacted the Israeli and British authorities concerned over the issue and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks, said the CFS.

Appropriate action will be taken in response to the development of the situation, the CFS said.






HONG KONG  |  2015-02-03 16:30:26

 HK stocks close 0.29 pct higher

By Wang Xiaoni

Hong Kong stocks ended up 0.29 percent on Tuesday of February 3, with the benchmark Hang Seng index rising 70. 04 points to end at 24,554.78 points after trading between 24,327. 51 and 24,602.60.

Turnover totaled 80.31 billion HK dollars (about 10.35 billion U.S. dollars).

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index rose 190.28 points, or 1. 64 percent, to close at 11,768.58.

Two sub-indices gained ground, with the Finance sub-index rising by 0.74 percent, followed by Commerce and Industry the 0.24 percent. The Properties fell 0.99 percent, while the Utility lost 0.62 percent.

Banking giant HSBC, which accounts for the largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, closed up 0.4 percent to 71.50 HK dollars, while its local unit Hang Seng Bank closed flat at 136.40 HK dollars. Local bourse operator HKEX dereased 0.2 percent at 178.70 HK dollars.

Local developers Hang Lung Properties dropped 1.5 percent to 22. 50 HK dollars. Henderson Land, another major developer in Hong Kong, fell 1.8 percent to 55.50 HK dollars, and Cheung Kong Holding, a powerful HK-based developer controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, lost 0.5 percent to 148.80 HK dollars.

As for mainland-based financial stocks, China Construction Bank, the country’s second largest bank which accounts for the third largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, rose 1.3 percent to 6.24 HK dollars. ICBC, the world’s largest bank by market value, went up 1.5 percent to 5.58 HK dollars. Bank of China grew 0.7 percent to 4.32 HK dollars.

PetroChina, the country’s largest oil and gas producer, was up 1.9 percent to 8.60 HK dollars. (1 U.S. dollar equals 7.761 HK dollars)





HONG KONG  |  2015-02-03 15:19:18

 Taiwan stocks close 0.65 pct higher

By Wang Xiaoni

Taiwan’s share prices closed up 0. 65 percent on Tuesday of February 3 with the weighted index up 61.74 points at 9, 448.73, according to news reaching here from Taipei.

Turnover totaled 75.72 billion new Taiwan dollars (about 2.40 billion U.S. dollars) during the trading session.









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