Retailers request buffer period for poultry ban

The China Post
Date: February 18, 2017
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Traditional market retailers on Friday called for the government to offer a buffer period

Sanitation agents dispatched by Kaohsiung City’s Animal Protection Office clean a poultry wholesale market in the southern city’s Fengshan District in an effort to prevent bird flu from spreading. (CNA)

of one to three days for enforcing a ban on the transport and slaughter of poultry.

Retailers issued the call during the first day of the seven-day ban enforced to counter the recent avian influenza outbreak. The ban will run until 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

They said the ban came too quickly, making it hard for them to cushion the impact.

“It’s OK for the chicken retail market to be suspended in line with the ban, but a buffer of one to three days would be better so that we can make necessary preparations,” said one retailer, surnamed Ku, in Taipei’s Nanmen market.

Another retailer, surnamed Chen, said that chickens raised indoors that are shipped directly to slaughterhouses, which are exempt from the ban, sold out on Friday, one day earlier than estimated by officials with the Council of Agriculture (COA).

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