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Local standards for live poultry sales

SHANGHAI today adopted revised food safety standards for live poultry sales that resumed a week ago after a 10-week ban due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak.

Live poultry wholesale markets should close business one day every week to wash and disinfect their spaces. Designated retail outlets should stop business one day every two weeks, according to the standards released by the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau.

The standards require market operators to clean and disinfect trading areas thoroughly and regularly. Live poultry markets should stay away from residential complexes and crowded areas downtown.

Wholesalers and retailers are required to use a tracking system to record the origin of live poultry before they are allowed to do the business. The tracking system will enable consumers to find information about the poultry they bought.


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