Ban on sale of chicken, egg-based dishes in parts of Delhi over bird flu scare


Delhi's civic body today issued an order directing restaurants & eateries not to serve chicken and egg preparations in light of the bird flu outbreak. The avian flu has been confirmed in 8 states and the national capital.


Failure to comply with the order will result in action being taken against the restaurant or eatery in question, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) specified. The ban will apply to the sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meats by shops and restaurants.


Asia's largest chicken market in Delhi's Ghazipur has also been closed by authorities as a precaution.


Avoid contact from sick-looking chicken and direct contact with bird droppings were among some of the points mentioned in the advisory. The Delhi health department has also advised people to wash cages and bowls used for feeding birds with soap or detergent.

One should immediately alert authorities at 23890318 if they come across a dead bird and refrain from touching it with naked hands.

Eat only completely cooked eggs and poultry products cooked at 70 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. Do not consume half-cooked chicken or bird or half-boiled and half-fried eggs," the DGHS advisory said. It also advised residents of the national capital not to keep raw poultry meet near cooked meat.