The imports of Guangdong live chickens resumed Sunday after a
three-week suspension following a human infection of avian flu in
But Hong Kong health authorities reduced the daily import quota
by one third to 20,000 mainland chickens. They'll be available for
sale in markets on Monday.
These imported chickens were all selected from several big
registered farms in Guangdong, an official from Guangdong
Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau told reporters
He said that the chickens would be safe to consume. Steps had
been taken, including staff inspecting registered farms and plants
regularly, to safeguard the hygiene and safety of live animals that
are supplied to Hong Kong.
However, the timing of the supply of day-old chicks is yet to be
decided, the official added.
Hong Kong Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Carrie Yau announced last Tuesday that the import of live chickens
and pet birds from
Guangdong Province would be resumed from March 26.
The import of live poultry from Guangdong was banned after a man
died of bird flu in Guangzhou on March 5.
(Xinhua News Agency March 27, 2006)