Secretary for Food and Health

Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Secretary for Food and Health

Ko Wing-man

since 1 July 2012
Food and Health Bureau
Style The Honourable
Appointer Central People's Government
nomination by Chief Executive
Inaugural holder Katherine Fok
Secretary for Health and Welfare
York Chow
Secretary for Food and Health
Formation 1 July 1997
1 July 2007
Website FTHB
Main article: Health in Hong Kong

The Secretary for Food and Health (Traditional Chinese: 食物及衞生局局長) is a ministerial position in the Hong Kong Government, who heads the Food and Health Bureau (FHB). The current office holder is Ko Wing-man.

The position was created on July 1, 2007, following the reshuffle of the principal officials and reorganisation of the policy bureaux of the Hong Kong Government. It replaced the previous Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, and the portfolio with welfare transferred to the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.

The SFH is a politically appointed position. In other words, its term expires when the Chief Executive leaves office. The secretary is also a member of the Executive Council (ExCo).

Centre for Health Protection

The CHP was created in 2003 in response to the SARS outbreak and copies the function of the CDC in the United States.

Before the introduction CHP reports to the Director of Health.

Centre for Food Safety

Centre for Food Safety is the food safety authority under the Food and Health Department. Established in 2006, it replaced the role formerly under Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (created 1999) and Urban Services Department (pre 1999).

List of office holders

Name Took office Left office
Secretary for Health and Welfare
Katherine Fok July 1, 1997 1999
Yeoh Eng-kiong 1999 2002
Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Yeoh Eng-kiong July 1, 2002 October 2004
Dr York Chow October 2004 June 30, 2007
Secretary for Food and Health
Dr York Chow July 1, 2007 June 30, 2012
Ko Wing-man July 1, 2012 Incumbent

See also

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