New HK law forbids overnight stocking of live chicken
In contrary to previous outcomes of negotiations
between retailers and the Hong Kong government live chickens can only be sold
during the day. Overnight stocking is forbidden.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government decided that as of 2
July no live poultry be kept at retail outlets overnight to protect public
health and further reduce the risk posed by avian flu.
legislation provides that all people permitted by the Director of Food and
Environmental Hygiene of Hong Kong to sell live poultry by retail, including
public market stalls and fresh provision shops selling live poultry, must
slaughter any live poultry remaining in their stalls or shops by 8 p.m. every
day. Live poultry will not be allowed at such premises from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the
Earlier this week retailers were hopeful of being able to stock live
poultry overnight again.
High fine for
Offenders could have their permission revoked, and be subject
to a maximum penalty of 50,000 HK dollars (about UD$6,410) and six months of
On top of no overnight stocking of live poultry at retail
outlets, retailers are also required to thoroughly cleanse and disinfect the
retail premises every night and strictly adhere to existing measures such as
wearing protective gear. Not observing these requirements will result in
cancellation of the license or tenancy.
Elaborating on the legislative
amendment, a spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau of Hong Kong said there
was an imperative need to enhance the ability to arrest any possible spread of
avian flu in Hong Kong in future, thereby reducing the risks of human infection
of avian influenza.
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