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Chicken and eggs absolutely safe

by 5m Editor
27 February 2006, at 12:00am

SRI LANKA - Chicken and eggs in Sri Lanka are one hundred percent safe and there is no need to panic. This assurance was given by the All Island Poultry Association, as a new shock wave affected the industry after an outbreak of bird flu was reported in India last week. &quot;Consumers and farmers are panicky over the scare of the spread of the disease to Sri Lanka, but the chance of the disease spreading to Sri Lanka is very remote, Chairman of the Association Dr. D. D. Wanasinghe told the Sunday Observer. Chicken and eggs in the Sri Lankan market are 100% local products. Sri Lanka does not import poultry products from India or any other country. Earlier some big restaurants and food processing companies imported poultry products from India, but it was suspended eight months ago, Dr. Wanasinghe said. Soon after the outbreak of the bird flu in India, first reported last Sunday the Sri Lankan market suffered and the price of fresh chicken fell by Rs. 20 per Kg and eggs by Re. 1 each as demand fell. The Bird flu has affected the poultry industry in many countries and hit the world economy. It is said that the impact of the disease is similar to a large natural disaster, high oil price or strong dollar. The panic created by the media about bird flu will have an adverse effect on the poultry industry according to poultry industrialists. They have appealed to the media and the authorities to work with national responsibility. Our poultry products are 100% safe. <i>Source: Sunday Observer</i>

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