PMA advises masses to be cautious over poultry meat

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The Pakistan Medical Association has advised the public not to buy poultry meat available at the shelves of the retailers but to ensure that they personally choose a healthy bird and get it slaughtered in their presence.

The secretary general, PMA, Dr. S.M.QaiserSajjad here on Friday said media reports about viral disease in chicken have been confirmed by Pakistan Poultry Association itself.

This situation demanded extreme caution on part of all stakeholders including the consumers, retailers and the farmers themselves, said Dr. QaiserSajjad.

He warned that consumers must not be hoodwinked by certain unscrupulous sellers of chicken meat offering the product at significantly reduced rates as consumption of the same may cost the former dearly in terms of severe health risks.

Urging the provincial governments to keep strict vigil and activate their respective food department, he said any failure on their part may lead to serious situation.