After a 3-month long live poultry ban due to H7N9 bird flu concerns, Shanghai has resumed live fowl sales – but only after strict inspections (we hope) of purveyors. Still, we’re not going to be rushing to the wet market to snuggle with any Silkie chickens anytime soon. In fact, the city still urges consumers to purchase pre-frozen specimens as a precaution. Shanghai Daily reports:
The live fowl trading spots must pass strict inspections of hygiene and disease control, animal epidemic prevention, food security and environmental protection.
Though a city ban on the live fowl trade ends today, Shanghai will continue pushing sales of poultry that has already been slaughtered.
Seeing how bird flu this year seems like a game of “Whac-A-Fowl,” where bird flu subsides in one city only to rear it’s ugly beaked head elsewhere, we’re not taking this warning lightly. We doubt certain other Shanghai citizens will follow suit, however.
Reported infections in the city have been on the decline since this past winter, and here’s hoping the virus is finally on its way out. If only because we’re tired of diving behind trash cans every time we hear a pigeon coo.