China could close live poultry markets
China is considering phasing out live poultry markets,
particularly in urban areas, in order to prevent the spread of bird flu,
according to a government document.
The document, released by the State Council
, recommends a ban on new live poultry markets
and proposes that existing markets be moved out of urban areas in large and
Live chicken markets are popular throughout Asia as locals prefer to buy
fresh meat, however they are regarded as risky areas for spreading disease
"Rectifying and regulating the order of live poultry markets and
strengthening market supervision are important measures in effectively
controlling the occurrence and spread of the bird flu," the document said.
The document, however, does not carry the weight of a formal law, as it is
an 'opinion' of the State Council.
China has reportedly culled about 47,000 birds in 10 bird flu outbreaks
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