November 12, 2007
Hong Kong government to construct central poultry plant
Hong Kong government announced the construction of a central poultry plant that will provide freshly slaughtered and chilled chicken stored at seven deg C or below for consumption in 24 hours.
The catering sector however, said that a central poultry plant might kill their existing trade of fresh chicken. Liberal party lawmaker, Tommy Cheung Yu-yan opined that the plan is "useless" since vans do not have facilities to transport chilled poultry.
According to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the poultry plant will help "accommodate people's culinary preference and reduce the impact of central slaughtering to live poultry wholesalers and retailers."
Reports say that private slaughtering, processing and selling of live poultry by retailers will be banned when the facility is completed.