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Step up bird flu tests on chickens, Hong Kong health expert urges

An official with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department holds a live chicken as another handles a blood sample for testing. Photo: Bloomberg

Blood tests for H5 bird flu are conducted on locally raised chickens and if the results are positive, a rapid test for H7 on the samples is conducted. Results for a rapid test are ready in four to five hours. But the blood samples are taken 10 days before the poultry go to the market, so there are concerns that any infection that develops in those 10 days may not be found.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 10:15am 1 comment

Stop mainland China chicken imports, says Hong Kong vet

Howard Wong Kai-hay

The city should stop importing live poultry from the mainland to cut the risk of the deadly H7N9 bird flu entering Hong Kong, said the government's former top vet who is a specialist in epidemics.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:52am 2 comments

Nanjing chicken vendors shocked by sudden closure of stalls over bird flu

A vendor with his birds at a poultry market in Nanjing. Photo: Reuters

Chicken traders in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, voiced shock after authorities closed their stalls, without warning or mention of compensation, because of the latest bird flu outbreak.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:44am

Shanghai stops poultry trade on bird flu fears

 Workers conduct innocuous disposal of live poultry at the Sanguantang poultry and egg market in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Shanghai’s live poultry markets were shut on Saturday after authorities banned trading in birds to prevent the spread of H7N9 bird flu, which has killed six people in China.

6 Apr 2013 - 11:56am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is on the way out.

Former Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner, who launched a reign of terror against former colleagues and their families, died from a single gunshot wound to the head, a coroner said.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:35am

What the local media says

Chan Kin-man has changed his mind, reports Ming Pao.

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Snake doesn't seem to favour city, reporters find

16 Feb 2013 - 5:19am

Bird flu cases on mainland fail to deter Hong Kong demand for chicken

Chicken sells well over the Lunar New Year holidays, despite reported bird flu cases in the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

The two people - a 21-year-old woman and 31-year-old man - tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus in Guiyang, Guizhou province, Xinhua said on Sunday. The woman developed symptoms on February 2 and the man the next day.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Tainted chicken not supplied to Hong Kong, says KFC

Last month on the mainland KFC was supplied with chicken that contained excessive amounts of antibiotics. Photo: AFP

Officials from fast-food chain KFC in Hong Kong have moved to reassure customers they have nothing to worry about despite a recent mainland food scare.

Last month on the mainland KFC was supplied with chicken that contained excessive amounts of antibiotics, a mainland government report said.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:25am

Drug-fattened chicken report stings chains

CCTV found that two Shandong chicken suppliers for KFC and McDonald's fed their chickens excessive hormones and antibiotics. Photo: AP

Two of the best-known US fast-food chains were certainly not "lovin' it" on the mainland last week after a state television exposé thrust them to the fore of the country's heated debate over food safety.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:43am

Briefs, December 21, 2012

Taiwan's ex-president Chen Shui-bian - already serving an 18-1/2-year prison term for corruption and money-laundering - was yesterday convicted and sentenced to another 10 years for taking bribes from a local financial group, the island's Supreme Court said. 

21 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

CCTV report says KFC chickens are being fattened with illegal drugs

A CCTV programm revealed that some of KFC's suppliers in Shandong had put illegal drugs in their chickenfeed. Photo: Reuters

Fast-food giant KFC says it will co-operate with a government investigation into the chicken sold in its outlets after a China Central Television programme last night revealed that some of KFC's suppliers in Shandong had put illegal drugs in chickenfeed to make the birds gain weight faster.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

The thighs have it: why dark meat is flavour of the month

When it comes to chicken, chefs agree it's better on the dark side. Dark meat - the chicken thigh and drumstick - is lower in price and higher in flavour. Because it's a tad fattier than chicken breasts, it's more forgiving of overcooking and doesn't dry out as easily.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Raising food safety, an egg at a time

With food-safety scandals seemingly springing up left and right, Chen Yanhong is among those filling a growing demand for quality foods that people can trust. Organic farming has become a fashionable profession these days, and Chen has seen her business burgeon as more and more city-dwellers pursue healthier options.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

15 penguin chicks ready to join Polar Adventure

Ocean Park has successfully bred 15 healthy penguin chicks from all of the fertilised eggs that have hatched.

The theme park now has 74 penguins ready to meet the public when its Polar Adventure opens, scheduled for between July and September.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Chickens go cheap as live sales restart

Live-chicken sales will resume today after a three-week ban following a bird flu threat, and prices are likely to be cheaper than usual because of a supply glut. About 400,000 chickens have been kept in local poultry farms during the ban.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am