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Chinese province to halt live poultry trade

By Georgi Gyton+

13-Jan-2015

The province is putting measures in place to try and reduce the risk of avian influenza outbreaks
The province is putting measures in place to try and reduce the risk of avian influenza outbreaks

The Guangdong provincial government has signed a regulation that will limit the trading of live birds in urban areas, as it aims to curb the spread of avian influenza in China.

According to a new Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s post in Guangzhou, the regulation on poultry trading and management was signed on 15 December 2014, and will come into force from 15 January 2015.

Restriction zones will be established within the province, and no more than three live-poultry retail markets will be allowed in any one area. The regulation will also see no new live bird wholesale markets approved.

The report states that all live poultry will be centrally slaughtered by designated slaughtering houses and then chilled birds will be packaged and delivered to the vendors at the wholesale markets.

Guangdong’s capital city Guangzhou launched a pilot program, called Centralised Slaughtering, Cold Chain Delivery, Chilled Poultry Supply, in four areas of the city, in May last year, and now hopes to roll this out to the entire city.

One man recently died from the H7N9 strain of avian influenza in December, with two others infected with H5N6 in the same month.

Yesterday (12 January) the World Organisation for Animal Health announced a new outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 in Chiayi County, Chinese Taipei.

There have been 3,683 deaths so far out of a possible 5,200 susceptible birds. The outbreak was discovered at a breeding goose farm, with all remaining birds to be culled.

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