Restrictions on Live Poultry Sales to be Extended to More Cities
To further control the spread of bird flu the government of Guangdong will be restricting the sales of live poultry in several more cities found in the Pearl River Delta. According to the director of the food and drug administration in the province Duan Yufei, the existing restriction on live poultry applies only to Guangzhou, Foshan and Shenzhen will now be extended to six more cities by January.
Details will be announced next month stating that vendors that met the official guidelines will be allowed to sell live poultry, than a centralized slaughtering will be created in a 21 prefecture level cities that are found outside of the PRD. Also a report was released that slaughtering poultry in wet markets will not be allowed during the peak of bird flu seasons, but vendors that met the hygiene requirements when the risks of the bird flu is low can be granted to up to three licenses.
Although the government was hesitant in implementing the strict live birds bans across the province because of the people’s traditional preference of having freshly slaughtered poultry. Compared to frozen poultry, customers chose fresh poultry since it taste better and its cheaper. Poultry vendors also prefer selling live poultry since frozen poultry requires refrigeration and id expensive.
The Guangzhou province stop its live poultry sales in about a third of the wet markets and replaced them with centralized slaughtering as part of a pilot program that was started in May after the wet markets tested positive of the bird flu virus.