Friday, October 31, 2014   

Health minister warns of bird flu risk at local farms
(01-29 11:29)

The Health Secretary, Ko Wing-man, has said it would be impossible to completely eliminate the risk of bird flu infections at local poultry farms.
Ko was responding to a local farmer, Tang Wai-lun, who said local supplies could meet most of the demand in Hong Kong.
Tang told RTHK that local farms supplied three quarters of the 20,000 live chickens sold here daily, and local farms had invested heavily in order to meet the government's bio-security standards.
However, Ko questioned whether local farms could provide a sustainable supply.
Thousands of chickens at the Cheung Sha Wan wholesale poultry market were culled yesterday after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from the mainland. --RTHK   
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