Chickens are safe to eat in KZN

2017-07-19 06:00

KWAZULU-NATAL is not facing an outbreak of bird flu.
This is according to the Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
The department was addressing the matter which arose as a result of the circulation of Whatsapp texts claiming bird flu outbreaks in the province.

This comes in the wake of Avian influenza outbreaks in Mpumalanga and the Free State‚ which has seen Zimbabwe impose a ban on chicken imports from South Africa.

The message that sparked the panic claimed that “its not safe to buy chicken - 90 000 of chicken is contaminated”. The message also urged readers to not purchase any chicken.

It attributes the source as a local radio station, however, the radio station has since said they did not broadcast such information.

DAFF spokesman Bomikazi Molapo said: “There is no truth to any of this. I just checked with provincial vets in KZN as well.”

The department appealed to people to stop sharing the information and stated that a team is currently in place to monitor the province and no traces of bird flu have been discovered.
- Supplied.


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