Site Selected to Separate Local, Mainland Poultry10 March 2014
HONG KONG - Work will soon set up a centre in Ta Kwu Ling to segregate local and mainland poultry.
"Basically we have identified the site," said Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man.
"The construction work involved is still under discussion. But if we are to complete all the work as planned, it may require more than four months.
"It is necessary for the site to have a water and sewage system first before we start importing chickens in four months. The other construction work can be done later even after the center comes into use."
The Standard reports that the site will be used to temporary store and check local chickens when the Cheung Sha Wan market is closed. The chickens will then be transported directly to retail markets.
"We do not need to use this emergency plan if the imported live poultry test negative for H7 when the import of mainland chickens resumes in four months. It will be used only if Cheung Sha Wan market has to be closed should any chicken be found to have H7."
Mr Wing-man said although the construction work schedule has been set, he cannot guarantee the holding center can be completed in time.
"Our target is to resume the import of live chickens in four months."
Mr Wing-man said the long-term target of a segregation center needs more time for discussion.ThePoultrySite News Desk