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Live poultry sales to resume in Shanghai tomorrow

LIVE poultry will be allowed for sale in local markets starting tomorrow, almost ten weeks after the city imposed a ban to prevent the spread of the H7N9 bird flu.

Live chickens, pigeons and quails are the first three species allowed for sale, officials said today.

Retail outlets qualified to sell live poultry must follow regulations strictly and disinfect their spaces regularly. A tracking system will be installed to keep a record of live poultry suppliers and origins of their birds.

But frozen products will continue to dominate the poultry market as the number of live poultry stores will shrink to 200 in the city.

The city is considering enforcing temporary ban on live poultry sales during the bird flu season every year.


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