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June 21, 2007

Saudis to shut down all live poultry outlets in Riyadh

Via TradeArabia.com: Clamp on live poultry outlets. Excerpt:

Municipal authorities in Riyadh have decided to shut down all the 385 stores that slaughter live poultry from July 26, a top municipality official said.

Soliman Al-Buthi, general manager of the Directorate General of the Environmental Health Department in the Riyadh Municipality, said the move was part of the precautionary measure to check the spread of bird flu and other diseases.

He said that live poultry shops would be given an ultimatum to close their businesses before the specified date or face forced closure.

“All live poultry outlets will be shut down starting from this July 28,” Al Buthi was quoted as saying in the Arab News.

The measures are part of necessary precautions being taken through a joint decision made by the Riyadh Municipality, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health to stop the spread of bird flu in the capital.

“The Ministry of Agriculture receives reports on bird flu, while our role is to determine the location of the report in the city. The Ministry of Health’s role is to later take the samples,” Al Buthi added.

Live poultry stores are used by those who wish to purchase fresh chicken that is slaughtered in front of them in the Islamic way.

The stores give customers the opportunity of choosing the size and shape of chickens before slaughtering.

Posted by dymaxion at June 21, 2007 09:45 PM

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