End to Market Slaughtering of Poultry at Muar

MALAYSIA - Market traders in the city of Muar are no longer permitted to slaughter and clean poultry on the premises, as a measure to prevent the spread of avian influenza.
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Poultry traders at all wet markets here are no longer allowed to slaughter and clean live birds at their premises, according to The Star of Malaysia.

Muar municipal council president, Wahab Ridwan, said orders would be sent to all the traders, including those operating stalls at markets in Bukit Pasir, Pagoh and Parit Jawa.

Mr Wahab said the decision was made to ensure that all wet markets in the district are clean and not littered with chicken guts and feathers.

He said: "We have decided to stop the traders from slaughtering and cleaning chickens and ducks in the market building.

"The birds must be slaughtered and cleaned elsewhere and only processed meat can be sold at the poultry stalls in the wet markets."

Those found ignoring the order after today would be compounded and the council would deploy teams to monitor the markets.

He said if supermarkets and farmers' markets could sell processed birds, there is no reason why wet markets could not do so, reports The Star.

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