Bird flu, Government tells to avoid half-boiled eggs and undercooked chicken. The director added that the World Health Organization said it was safe to eat chicken and eggs and that there was no information on the disease, suggesting that the disease could be transmitted to humans through cooked foods.
The FSSAI which is known as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has urged people and food businesses to not panic and to also ensure the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs for safe eating. FSSAI has recommended that precautionary measures be taken in butchers and consumers and those handling or processing poultry. The director also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) had indicated that it was safe to eat chicken and eggs and that there were no data on diseases that suggested the disease could be transmitted to humans through cooked foods.
The center during this week on 23rd January said that the flu epidemic had been confirmed till now in nine states of Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab till now. The department of Health said that Avian Influenza is confirmed in 12 provinces of migratory / migratory birds / wild birds. He also said that the outbreaks of Avian Influenza which is commonly known as the Bird flu have been confirmed in nine provinces including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala , Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh , Uttarakhand and Punjab in poultry. Fisheries, animal husbandry and delicacies make a statement.
Bird flu has been confirmed in 12 different districts of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab for migratory / wild birds.
The following guidelines are issued by the FSSAI for the diet and management of poultry, meat and eggs:
1. Meat and eggs in chicken coops should not be eaten raw or cooked.
2. People should not eat boiled eggs and uncooked chicken. They should not keep raw meat open and not in direct contact with raw meat.
3. People should not come in direct contact with birds in infected areas, avoid touching dead birds with their hands and use masks and gloves while carrying raw chicken.
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4. People should not buy eggs or poultry found in infected areas and avoid going to market that opens poultry in infected areas.
5. Retail stores must not bring any live or slaughtered or dead poultry birds from bird flu outbreaks and do not allow them to enter the food chain.
6. During handling and preparation of raw poultry products people should use gloves and masks. They should wash their hands and other exposed parts with soap and water before and after handling raw chicken.
7. All areas and utensils connected to raw meat should be washed and disinfected.
8. Knives and cutting boards should be cleaned and sanitized between cutting and slaughtering two birds. All waste generated at poultry outlets must be disposed of properly. The same cutting board or the same knife used to cut raw chicken meat can be used for any other food item before cleaning it or washing it thoroughly with soap or detergent.
9. Chicken should not be washed in running water while handling and cooking chicken meat as it can cause water to overflow and spread droplets that pollute the environment.
10. Contact should be avoided with bird droppings.