Riyadh bans ostrich meat
The discovery of bird flu has led to municipal
officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to instruct poultry sellers and restaurants
not to sell ostrich meat.
Suliman Hamad Al-Buthi, chief of the Environmental
Health Department at the municipality said, â€œMunicipal inspectors are currently
conducting raids on shops and dining outlets in Riyadh that sell ostrich birds
and ostrich meat.â€
Ostrich meat withdrawn
â€œWe've already managed to
withdraw ostriches and ostrich dishes from 12 restaurants and six shops in the
city,â€ said Al-Buthi. The Agriculture Ministry culled 13,500 ostriches following
a new outbreak of bird flu, which was discovered last week at a farm in Al-Kharj
region, 80 km south of Riyadh.
â€œThe situation is under control and there have been no reports of the
disease spreading to humans in the Kingdom,â€ said Al-Buthi.
To comment, login here
Or register to be able to comment.