Processed poultry: Strict checks ordered
By Zhao Huanxin (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-14 05:15
The nation's quality watchdog said yesterday that it would check processed
poultry to ensure that none of birds come from regions affected by bird flu even
as veterinary workers cull hundreds of thousands of fowls to curb the spread of
The inspections will cover 16 provinces, municipalities and autonomous
It will also check the quality of disinfectants used for combating bird flu,
the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of
China said in a statement yesterday.
Customers shop for
chicken at a super market in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province
November 10, 2005. [newsphoto]
Regions where inspectors will fan out include areas that have been stricken
by the fatal bird flu virus this year Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Anhui, Hubei,
Hunan and Liaoning and 10 others, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and
The efforts are to help protect the health and restore the confidence of
consumers, whose appetite for poultry has waned, according to experts.
Quality supervisors will check the food production permits of poultry product
makers and impose tough penalties on firms which do not have them.
In particular, inspectors will look for proof of the makers especially those
in the vicinity of an outbreak site to ensure that the birds have been certified
by quarantine authorities, and no dead or sick chicken, ducks or geese were
used, it said. Violators will be dealt with severely.
The inspectors will also see to it that no fake or shoddy disinfectants, such
as bleaching powder, caustic soda or peractic acid, enter the market.
Among other developments:
In Central China's Hunan Province, a nine-year-old boy, surnamed He, was
discharged from the provincial paediatric hospital on Saturday after being
admitted on October 18 for "bronchial pneumonia."
The WHO will send a team to Hunan in a couple of days and conduct an
intensive investigation on cases including the boy and a 36-year-old middle
school teacher, who fell ill after close contact with affected poultry, a
The boy's sister, 12-year-old He Yin, died on October 17 following acute
pneumonia; and health authorities have not ruled out the possibility of human
infection in the three cases.
The three are natives of bird flu-hit Wantang Village, Xiangtan County, and
felt ill after eating affected fowl.
In the Chinese capital, the municipal health bureau said on Saturday that not
a single case of human infection had been detected after major hospitals in
Beijing checked about 850,000 people.
In its latest effort to prevent bird flu, the city shut down and disinfected
an illegal pigeon fair in Beishatan on Saturday.
In Northeast China's Liaoning Province, which reported its first case of
fatal bird flu on November 3, the provincial office handling the disease gave
the all-clear in six suspected outbreaks on Saturday.
(China Daily 11/14/2005 page2)