Srinagar: The Food Safety Department (FSD) on Saturday said that they’ve suspended import and sale of dressed chicken in the valley till March 15.
Last week, Kashmir Reader reported that unhygienic dressed chicken wrapped in polythene bags was being brought into Kashmir in guise of fish.
Hilal Ahmed Mir, Assistant Food Safety Officer, told Kashmir Reader that until the dealers start using reefer vans (refrigerated vans) for transportation of dressed chicken, the import and sale of dressed chicken will not be allowed.
“We have told them to transport the dressed chicken in reefer vans but they lack them. Now we have given them deadline till March 15. Once they press reefer vans into service, they will be allowed to continue,” he said.
According to Mir, the dealers have agreed and sought two weeks’ time to procure reefer vans.
“The dressed chicken is brought into boxes. On the way of its transportation, the temperature rises and damages the chicken. It turns unhygienic,” he added.
Stressing on the installation of cold stores here, Mir said that to prevent the chicken from turning unhygienic, there is a need to store the chicken under the best possible favourable conditions by installing freezers or cold stores.
When asked whether any action will be taken against those violating the orders, Mir said the department will initiate legal action against those who will violate the orders and they may face closure of their outlets.
Mir said an advisory will be issued for general public regarding the “chicken problems” soon. He further said, “Antibiotics should be given to birds three days before selling them in the market and should be given under the prescription of a veterinarian.”