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Bird flu: Chicken, eggs off Delhi menu as corporations expand sales ban

In the wake of the bird flu scare in the city, the three municipal corporations announced on Wednesday a ban on selling of eggs besides live or raw chicken meat and processed or packed poultry products. The ban will remain in force till further orders. This will deal a heavy blow not only to the poultry industry but also to restaurants, small eateries, including dhabas, and roadside shops where eggs are almost a staple. Bakeries too may have to restrict their operations. The civic agencies have warned that strict action, including cancellation of licence, will be taken against those who violate the order. The Delhi government had earlier banned import of live chicken into Delhi and also shut down the Ghazipur poultry market. Later, it had also banned packaged or processed chicken from outside the city. Civic officials will randomly visit shops dealing in poultry to ensure there is no violation. "Even online selling of chicken and related items won't be allowed," said a North Delhi Municipal Corporation official. Owners of restaurants and small eateries have been warned against serving food containing poultry meat and eggs.

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