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Government Office disputes media reports on selling of unhealthy chickens

Update: April, 16/2013 - 15:45

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HA NOI (VNS)- The Government Office yesterday disputed recent media reports about unhealthy chickens originating from China being sold in large quantities at a conference in Ha Noi.

The chickens were said to have lost their feathers due to ill health and were unfit for human consumption.

Nguyen Khac Dinh, deputy chief of the Government Office, said the media reports were biased and said that following media reports, the Government Office had instructed relevant authorities to check and monitor the situation in Ha Vi-Thuong Tin market, in which the media reports referred to.

Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai, head of the Ha NoiMarket Management Department in Ha Noi, said the

department had increased monitoring of Ha Vi market and other wholesale markets in the area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

According to Mai, every single truck carrying poultry into Ha Vi is requested to provide quarantine papers. 24 hour CCTV is installed at all entrances to the market.

Mai believed that the media reports has had a negative effect on the residents of Ha Noi, impinging on work carried out by many of the agencies and authorities who are on duty.

The Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Planning has also been requested to tighten control on the issuance of quarantining papers to poultry traders.

Also yesterday, the Prime Minister released a request to all ministries, sectors, localities to focus on the prevention of H7N9 and H5N1within the country. - VNS

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