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 medium-sized cities.
Live chicken markets are popular throughout Asia as locals prefer to buy fresh meat, however they are regarded as risky areas for spreading disease including avian influenza
“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 this year.