Bird flu: SDMC bans chicken sales; restaurants, hotels warned against serving egg-based dishes or poultry meat
In view of confirmed bird flu cases in 10 States including Delhi, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation today ordered complete prohibition of keeping live poultry birds, sale and purchase of poultry meat at shops and in restaurants and running processing and packaging units anywhere in the jurisdiction of the civic body from immediate effect.
The decision to this effect was taken by the civic agency after Delhi Government’s recent order in which they have banned all types of trade related to poultry.
In view of public health and safety, the SDMC has also asked people involved in poultry business to follow the prohibitory order properly.
“If violated, action will be taken by the Deputy Director (VS) of all zones and their Meat Trade License will also be cancelled. Owners of restaurants are being ordered not to serve food containing poultry meat and eggs otherwise penal action will be initiated against them as per the law. People are also being requested to inform on Helpline no. 011-23890318 if they find any sign of sickness or unnatural death of birds in their locality,” it said.
The Ghazipur poultry market has also closed by authorities.
Several ducks at Sanjay Lake and a large number of crows across various city parks have been found dead in the last one week.