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Ostrich Meat Banned in Riyadh

17 December 2007

SAUDI ARABIA - Municipal officials in Riyadh have instructed poultry sellers and restaurants not to sell ostrich meat following the discovery of bird flu among ostriches a couple of days ago.


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"Municipal inspectors are currently conducting raids on shops and dining outlets in Riyadh that sell ostrich birds and ostrich meat"
Suliman Hamad Al-Buthi, chief of the Environmental Health Department at the municipality.

“Municipal inspectors are currently conducting raids on shops and dining outlets in Riyadh that sell ostrich birds and ostrich meat,” said Suliman Hamad Al-Buthi, chief of the Environmental Health Department at the municipality.

“We’ve already managed to withdraw ostriches and ostrich dishes from 12 restaurants and six shops in the city,” said Al-Buthi, adding that the Agriculture Ministry culled 13,500 ostriches following a new outbreak of bird flu, which was discovered on Thursday evening at a farm in Al-Kharj region, 80 km south of Riyadh.

So far four million birds have been culled following 14 separate outbreaks of bird flu.

“The situation is, however, under control and there have been no reports of the disease spreading to humans in the Kingdom,” said Al-Buthi.

“We’re still receiving emergency calls from Saudis and residents asking us to visit them and find cases of the deadly virus,” he added.

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Source: ArabNews





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