Shanghai to reopen poultry market

poultry-USDA flickrShanghai will reopen its market for live poultry by the end of June 2013, city authorities have revealed

The industry has been hit recently by the H7N9 bird flu outbreak and all live poultry markets were closed in April 2013 for safety reasons.

Shao Linchu, deputy director of Shanghai Agriculture Commission, said, “The city is considering reopening some live poultry trading markets.

“But these markets will adhere to stricter requirements, such as sterilisation and environment.”

Besides that, the city also encouraged the consumption of frozen chicken, which are being processed under strict quarantine supervision.

According to the city’s agriculture department, Shanghai consumes between 170mn and 180mn chickens annually.

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