Executive Yuan to ban poultry slaughter at markets

TAIPEI - The Executive Yuan is planning to prohibit live poultry trade and slaughtering in traditional markets nationwide by 2008 to prevent outbreaks of the H5N1 avian flu strain, an official said yesterday.
calendar icon 28 August 2006
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The Cabinet will present a series of poultry-slaughtering measures next month.

Singapore already has such a ban, and Hong Kong is planning to follow suit by 2008.

At a national security meeting on avian flu in March, President Chen Shui-bian instructed the relevant ministries and agencies to study the possibility of prohibiting live poultry slaughter in traditional markets to prevent avian flu being transmitted from poultry to humans.

Source: TaipeiTimes
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