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Bird's nest consumers wary of flu

Update: May, 17/2013 - 10:48
Swallow farming households in the central region have been unable to sell their products for over a month despite falling price.—Illustrative image/Photo nld
HCM CITY (VNS)— Despite the announcement by Ninh Thuan Province authorities that the A/H5N1 bird flu epidemic is over, local demand for bird's nest products has failed to recover.

At a meeting on Wednesday, Nguyen Trong Tan, marketing director of Yen Viet JSC, said the outbreak of the disease has dragged down demand for bird's nest.

Swallow farming households in the central region have been unable to sell their products for over a month despite falling prices, according to a report from Yen Viet.To reassure customers, authorities announced that the bird flu outbreak among swallows has passed and demand for their nest is expected to recover soon.

"After swallows tested positive for the A/H5N1 bird flu virus, we took samples of bird's nests for testing, and all were negative," Nguyen Xuan Binh, director of the HCM City Zone VI Animal Health Centre, said.City consumers should therefore not be worried about the safety of using bird's nest and related items, he added. — VNS



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