Taiwan to restrict poultry slaughter before year end
Taiwan is to prohibit the slaughter of poultry
at traditional domestic markets as of 1st December as part of their battle to
prevent bird flu.
The Commerce Department under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the
Market Administration Office under the Department of Economic Development of the
Taipei City Government recently launched a publicity drive for the new move at
the Shihtong Market in Shilin District, Taipei.
director general of the MOEA's Commerce Department said that the excrement,
plumage and wastes generated at traditional domestic markets as a result of
feeding, selling and slaughtering live poultry are usually an avian flu
transmission channel, in addition to generating a bad smell at the markets.
As of the 1st December slaughter of all poultry will be restricted
to slaughter houses, before being delivered to traditional domestic markets for
retail sales, to prevent live poultry infected with bird flu from flowing into
traditional retail markets.
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