This regulation is intended to strengthen the control of imported eggs. The World Animal Health Organization (OIE) recommends that an international veterinary health certificate accompanies import of eggs designated for human consumption, due to occasional Avian Influenza outbreaks in different parts of the world. Similar regulatory provisions have already been put in place in Americas, the EU and Singapore.
With the new regulation coming into force on December 5, 2015, traders will need to obtain an animal health certificate issued by a competent authority from the place of origin. The certificate that now needs to accompany each egg consignment that is imported into Hong Kong has to be recognized by the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene (DFEH) and approved by the head officer of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).
The official information of the CFS can be found here.