The North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations on Wednesday imposed a ban on the sale of chicken amid the spread of bird flu in the national capital. Hotels and restaurants have also been warned against serving egg-based dishes or poultry meat.
“All meat and poultry shops and meat processing units in areas under NDMC are prohibited (from) selling (or) storing poultry or processed, or packaged, chicken meat with immediate effect, till further orders,” the North Delhi Municipal Corporation said in its order.
‘All restaurant owners are directed not to serve poultry meat, poultry product or any egg-related dishes… or action will be taken against them,” the order added.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation in its order said that due to bird flu, wholesale poultry market is to be totally shut and imposed a complete ban on import of poultry or unprocessed poultry meat, as well as on selling, processing, packaging of poultry or poultry meat till the next order. It further instructed all restaurants to not serve poultry meat or eggs, and added that whosoever defies the order, their trade licence would be suspended.
The orders came soon after the Health Department on Wednesday asked people to not panic and follow a set of dos and don’ts.
“Eat only completely cooked eggs and poultry products cooked at 70 degree Celsius for 30 minutes. Do not consume half-cooked chicken or bird or half-boiled and half-fried eggs,” the health department’s notification said.
As of now, several crows and ducks have been found dead in the national capital in the past few days amid the bird flu scare.