Feathers fly over suspect poultry
Five tons of chickens were confiscated from the Carmel and Hatikva markets in Tel Aviv and destroyed after municipal inspectors were unable to verify their origins.
By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
September 28, 2008 12:04
Five tons of chickens were confiscated from the Carmel and Hatikva markets in Tel Aviv and destroyed after municipal inspectors were unable to verify their origins and found they had not been properly refrigerated, reports www.local.co.il. The city said it feared that the poultry posed a risk to public health and should not be eaten.
According to the report, suspicions were first aroused when a truck carrying some 640 kilograms of chickens arrived at 4 a.m. at the Carmel market about two weeks ago. Municipal inspectors found that the birds had not been refrigerated and had not received the required veterinary permits.
In the wake of that event and in the lead-up to the coming Jewish holidays, the city decided to increase its inspections and enforcement at the city's markets, and so far has confiscated and destroyed some 5,000 kilograms of suspect poultry.
A municipal spokesman said the city veterinary service strongly urged all residents to buy meat and chicken only from sources known to have proper refrigeration, and only to buy poultry and meat bearing clear tags stating their place and date of origin.
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