Guangzhou to halt poultry trade for three days during
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[January 09, 2017]
BEIJING (Reuters) - The Southern
Chinese city of Guangzhou will suspend the trade of live and slaughtered
poultry for three-day periods during January to March, the government
said, to prevent the spread of avian flu to humans.
The ban, effective from 16th to 18th of each of those months, will
exclude frozen poultry products, according to a statement on the
website of Guangzhou government.
Neighboring South Korea and Japan are battling outbreaks of bird flu
that have forced farmers to cull millions of birds and raised
concerns about the risks of it spreading to neighboring countries.
Under the ban, poultry wholesale markets and poultry trading at
agricultural products fairs will remain closed, while live and
slaughtered poultry cannot be stored in the markets.
The local government issued the ban to reduce the chances of human
bird flu infection, as right now "it is the peak season for
outbreaks," said the official statement.
Human bird flu infection cases have been reported in several
provinces this winter, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Fujian.
Three cities in eastern China's Jiangsu province suspended live
poultry trading after neighboring provinces reported human bird flu
cases. Local governments in Fujian and Anhui provinces have also
restricted poultry trade.
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China's Ministry of Agriculture said earlier that the recent
outbreaks of bird flu have been handled in a "timely and effective"
manner without spreading and have not affected chicken products or
(Reporting by Hallie Gu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Christian
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