Poultry Farming

Ban on Chinese live poultry extended for four months

Sales of locally bred chickens, like these at Hong Kong Modern Farm in Kam Tin, Yuen Long, resume today. Photo: Sam Tsang

A ban on live poultry from the mainland, to prevent the entry of the deadly H7N9 flu virus, has been extended for four months but sales of live local chickens resume today.

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014, 4:22pm 6 comments

Poultry farms may be H7N9 source, study finds

Poultry farms might be the source of the H7N9 virus. Photo: Xinhua

The study, compiled after a week-long field assessment of the influenza by a panel of experts commissioned by the WHO, was publicised by the National Health and Family Planning Commission yesterday.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am

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

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

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

Chickens culled after H5N1 find

The early birds were lucky, the rest missed out.

Hongkongers quickly snapped up the few live chickens remaining on market stalls yesterday after the government halted supplies from wholesalers and ordered a cull following the discovery of deadly H5N1 bird flu in a dead chicken on Tuesday.

6 May 2015 - 4:29pm

Lying the golden egg

It has been said that new issue stories on the stock market are like fairy tales: what they lack in truth they make up for with magic and you mustn't ask the storyteller for proof. If you do, you won't be told any more fairy tales and may find the penalty on the market even greater.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Happy hens lay the best eggs

We know about free-range eggs produced by chickens that roam freely in a farmyard. But now there are 'music eggs' produced by birds that listen to music. These hens are raised at Harvest Musical Farm in Yuen Long in the New Territories.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Egg revolution hatching down on the farm

Buying a box of fresh eggs in a mainland supermarket can present consumers with a confusing array of choices. Judging by the labels, there are 'green eggs', 'ecological eggs', 'tu eggs' and 'grain eggs'.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Vendors break the rules

Vendors of live chickens are not adhering to a set of hygiene rules and guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of bird flu outbreaks, with many slaughtering chickens bare-handed and some keeping poultry in overcrowded cages.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Vendors break the rules on live chickens

Vendors of live chickens are not adhering to a set of hygiene rules and guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of bird flu outbreaks, with many slaughtering chickens bare-handed and some keeping poultry in overcrowded cages.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Live chickens 'now a luxury item'

Government policies may be to blame for live chickens becoming 'luxury goods', the health minister admitted yesterday, as it was decided to shelve a plan to introduce central slaughtering.

The proposal had prompted hundreds of vendors to give up their licences.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Central slaughtering won't affect retail chicken prices, minister says

Retail chicken prices should stay within the range of HK$30 to HK$40 a catty after central slaughtering was introduced, the health minister said yesterday.

York Chow Yat-ngok told legislators that central slaughtering - proposed to take the place of live-chicken sales and reduce the risk of bird flu - was still viable although demand for live chickens had dropped.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Sparrows living at Yuen Long farm linked to latest bird flu outbreak

Experts who visited the Yuen Long chicken farm at the centre of the latest bird flu outbreak found important evidence flying around - sparrows.

The experts believe that chickens and sparrows, which can carry the H5 virus, living together signalled a serious failure in the farm's bio-security measures and may have caused the bird flu outbreak last month.

6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Families opt for frozen chickens

Families switched to cooking chilled and frozen chickens for dinner on the winter solstice amid the ban on the sale of live chickens that followed a bird flu outbreak at a local farm early this month.

Sales of frozen chickens increased by 30 to 40 per cent yesterday, said Mr Lui, a vendor in Hung Hom. But he said he 'dared not raise the prices' amid the economic downturn.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm