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  1. Bird flu scare over smuggled poultry: 3 in hospital

    Posted Feb 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... tested for bird flu after having eaten a chicken, smuggled in from the mainland, that had been housed with another that died of the H5N1 virus. The news fuelled fears of an outbreak among poultry ... Shan village, ate the chicken- which had been housed with the infected fowl, also smuggled in from the mainland- in a Lunar New Year meal on Monday. The infected chicken fell ill and died hours ...

  2. Crab smuggling crackdown amid poison fear

    Posted Sep 17th 2005, 12:00am by Felix Chan, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Michelle Chen

    ... Mary Ann Benitez, Felix Chan and Michelle Chen It's Mid-Autumn Festival: hairy crabs, wax burning- and warnings Anti-smuggling measures were stepped up yesterday on hairy crabs ... about 1,140kg of smuggled crabs at Lowu on Thursday, Shenzhen Economics Daily reported yesterday. The types of crabs seized included hairy crabs and soft-shelled crabs. They were found in 57 ...

  3. Market claims 80pc drop in business

    Posted Oct 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Lawrence Chung, Mary Ann Benitez Business at Taiwan's bird markets dropped dramatically yesterday following reports of H5N1 infection in a batch of pet birds smuggled into the island ... government said there were no plans to step up anti-smuggling checks on pet birds. An Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department spokesman yesterday said smuggling of common birds was rare ...

  4. Backyard poultry ban imminent

    Posted Feb 04th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Minister also vows strict enforcement against smuggling Backyard poultry farming will be banned this month and the law against chicken smuggling strictly enforced. The ban ... not reported any H5N1 outbreak. 'We are working with the Customs and Excise Department to ensure that we have very stringent patrols and enforcement to stop any smuggling across the border,' ...

  5. Border zone 'the weakest link in bird flu defences'

    Posted Feb 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... from an 'unknown source' on the mainland- within half a kilometre from the border- and smuggled into Hong Kong, an Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department official revealed ... announced that a family of three in Yuen Tuen Shan village, Shataukok, were in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital after eating another smuggled chicken that had been housed ...

  6. Bird flu threat played down in affected village

    Posted Feb 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... week. Wan Wo-fai, Northern District councillor for Shataukok, said he had visited the Yuen Tuen Shan squatter home of the man whose relative smuggled a mainland chicken into Hong Kong. ... bird flu. Why should I be afraid?' The customs department said it stepped up enforcement against poultry smuggling at the end of October, when Hong Kong stopped processing import ...

  7. Pet owners exempt from backyard poultry ban

    Posted Mar 30th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... discovered and closed. The ban was prompted by the discovery of H5N1 in a smuggled chicken and a stray chicken. They were among 17 birds to test positive so far for H5N1, out of 7,000 dead birds ...

  8. Fifth bird found dead in HK was infected with H5N1

    Posted Feb 07th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... of the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Three members of the Shataukok family who came into contact with the backyard chicken smuggled in by a cousin from the market in Shatoujiao ... exporting them to Hong Kong,' he said. Hong Kong customs officers said yesterday they had seized 82kg of smuggled chicken meat and two live birds from last Wednesday to Sunday. Last month, ...

  9. Smoking rise draws call to put up duties

    Posted Jan 31st 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... saying it would support 'regular and moderate tax increases' but there should be no change in times of deflation. A spokeswoman said excessive tax would encourage smuggling, as was seen in the 1990s. Customs figures show a decline in smuggling attempts in recent years. The anti-tobacco lobby said census projections for restaurant receipts last year- the first full year the partial ...

  10. Bird flu outbreak spurs calls for more vigilance

    Posted Jun 18th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Peter So

    ... local and mainland farms, to allow tracking of live poultry and to fight smuggling. A Hong Kong factory owner based in Yashan said yesterday that most of the duck farmers in the village were ...




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