Iwas bird flu! QC implements strict monitoring on poultry products

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Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has asked the city veterinary department to conduct strict monitoring in all public and private markets on poultry products in lieu of the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga.

Bautista told all public and private markets in the city to ensure that poultry meat and other by-products sold are fit for human consumption.

The move is a precautionary measure to safeguard residents against avian flu virus.

City veterinarian Dr. Ana Maria Cabel said that they have already deployed meat inspectors in several markets for the intensified monitoring campaigng.

Among those included in the monitoring are Muñoz, Balintawak, Farmers, Arayat, Kamuning, Commonwealth and Novaliches markets.

Cabel added that most of the chicken meat deliveries in the city come from Tarlac, Rizal, Batangas and Bulacan and there have been no delivery of chicken from Pampanga.

Cabel also said that aside from the city markets, her department will also be assigning meat inspectors in all slaughterhouses and chicken dressing plants operating in the city to prevent the entry of any contaminated meat in the city.

The official said that during delivery, they require all poultry raisers to present shipping permits and veterinary health certificate to determine where the meat came from. They also inspect the meat in dressing plants.