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Poultry products from outside banned in Sikkim

Gangtok: Alarmed by the reported outbreak of bird flu in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, the Sikkim Government on Monday decided to ban the supply of poultry products from outside into the Himalayan State with immediate effect.

State Animal Husbandry Secretary Vishal Chauhan told reporters here, “It has been decided to ban the supply of poultry products from outside with immediate effect following the report of outbreak of avian flu in Murshidabad district of neighbouring West Bengal”.

The State Police has been directed to carry out searches of all in-bound vehicles at Rangpo and Melli checkposts to prevent supply of the poultry products, he said.

The State Government had banned the supply of poultry products from outside since January 2009 after outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal districts, but had subsequently relented against supply of these products due to inadequate production in the State to meet the demand. -- PTI

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