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As Bird flu hits Mumbai city, a worker is seen carrying a bunch of chickens for sale, in Govandi. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)
As Bird flu hits Mumbai city, a worker is seen carrying a bunch of chickens for sale, in Govandi. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)

Delhi CM lifts ban on sale, import of chicken stocks, directs to open poultry market

All 100 samples taken from the Ghazipur poultry mandi, Asia's largest chicken market, have tested negative for bird flu

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed officials to withdraw the restriction on sale and import of chicken stocks after all samples taken from the poultry markets tested negative for bird flu.

The CM also said that the poultry markets will reopen.

"Have directed to open the poultry market and withdraw the orders to restrict trade and import of chicken stocks," the CM tweeted on Thursday.

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The announcement came after all 100 samples taken from the Ghazipur poultry mandi, Asia's largest chicken market, tested negative for Avian influenza.

The results came three days after samples taken from crows and ducks in Delhi tested positive. This had led to the Delhi government on Monday banning the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city.

The government had also shut down the poultry market for 10 days as a precautionary measure.

"Test results of 104 samples arrived on Wednesday evening. Of these, 100 samples were collected from 35 poultry birds in the Ghazipur market. All samples have tested negative for bird flu," senior Animal Husbandry Unit officer Rakesh Singh said.

"It means there is no spread of avian influenza in poultry birds in Delhi," he said.

The remaining four samples of Heron birds were taken from the Hastsal Park and bird flu is suspected in these four cases, Singh said, adding that these samples have been sent from a Jalandhar-based lab to Bhopal for confirmation.

Restriction on sale

Civic authorities had on Wednesday imposed a temporary ban on sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat in view of the bird flu outbreak in the national capital.

Three municipal corporations of the city had warned establishments like restaurants and shops of strict action, including cancellation of their licence, if they fail to comply with the orders.

Officials had earlier said that 10 samples from three areas – Mayur Vihar Phase-3, Sanjay Lake and Dwarka Sector-9 – tested positive for avian influenza.

A drive to cull ducks was conducted on Monday at the Sanjay Lake, where several of these were found dead.


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