Bird Flu scare: Chicken, eggs can be consumed

Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Business Development has asserted that there are no cases as of now and people can consume non-vegetarian food without any fear.

Bird Flu scare: Chicken, eggs can be consumed

Sunil Kedar, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Business Development, in view of the bird flu scare asserted that there is no case in the state and people can consume chicken or eggs without any fear.

Speaking about the misconceptions and rumours, he stated that if there is any problem faced by anyone in Maharashtra, the toll-free telephone number 18002330418 of the Commissionerate of Animal Husbandry should be contacted immediately.

The assurance came after 15 birds, including two parrots, eight herons and crows were found dead in a swamp near Vijay Garden colony, Ghodbunder, Thane, on Wednesday. The preliminary test has revealed that the cause of death was not due to Avian Influenza, said the Animal Husbandry department in a statement.

Earlier on January 6, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying informed that avian influenza has been reported from the four states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala at 12 epicentres. In Haryana, around one lakh poultry birds have died mysteriously in the last few days. A bird flu alert has been sounded in Rajasthan, where more than 250 crows were found dead in half a dozen districts

However, the officials have assured that there is no need to panic as there is no imminent threat before the state. They also stated that the chances of humans getting this virus were minuscule. Also, the state government has issued an advisory to those in the poultry business and consumers of non-vegetarian food not to panic unnecessarily.