Bird Flu: NDMC bans sale, storage of poultry or processed chicken

at 5:44 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has banned the sale, storage of poultry or processed chicken due to the bird flu outbreak in areas under its jurisdiction.

Earlier on Monday, Delhi government had imposed a ban on the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the national capital after Avian Influenza (AI) was confirmed in samples of dead crows and ducks.

The Ghazipur poultry market was also closed by authorities.

“All meat and poultry shops and meat processing units in areas under the NDMC, are prohibited to sell, store poultry or processed or packaged chicken meat with immediate effect, till further orders,” an order issued by the civic body stated.

Furthermore, the order has stated that owners of restaurants and hotels would face action if egg-based or poultry-based or other such products were served to customers.

The order has been issued in the public interest and should be diligently complied with, it said.

Meanwhile, as of today, cases of bird flu have been confirmed in 10 states.

In addition to this, cases of unnatural mortality of birds have been reported in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and 4 districts of Jharkhand.

States have been advised to efficiently manage the spread of Avian Influenza in their respective states in accordance with the Action Plan 2021. To deal with the situation the states were asked to coordinate with the department of health and forest and sensitize them about the issue.

States were also asked to maintain sufficient supply of protective equipment and maintain bio-security measures in poultry farms. BSL-II labs have to be identified at the state level for speeding up the identification of infection in the state and timely introduction of control mechanism.