Feb 24, 2017 Medical & Health Care Comments Off on Ban on slaughter and transport of poultry lifted
The Council of Agriculture has lifted a weeklong nationwide ban on the slaughter and transport of poultry.
The ban on transport was lifted at midnight and the ban on slaughter at noon on Friday. The ban was in place for a week to prevent an outbreak of bird flu from spreading further. On February 6, a highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus which carries a risk of human transmission was found in a bird.
Quarantine official Shih Tai-hua said Friday that vets are ready to make sure that all poultry is healthy.
All birds can now be taken to the slaughterhouse again. The ban on slaughter was lifted at noon today. From noon, we sent vets to carry out inspections. Before [vendors] resume business, we are also supervising the disinfection of slaughterhouses. So far, the production and the distribution of poultry are in good order " said Shih.
The Council of Agriculture has said all poultry farms must submit a fowl health report before slaughter.
Also on Friday, two duck farms were confirmed with H5N6 infections. The government said it has no plans to impose another ban unless the virus spreads to chickens.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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