Qualified breeding birds or young breeders from quarantined producing areas but proved to H7N9-free by lab testing are now being allowed to be distributed and delivered throughout China. This follows a May 10 announcement by six departments of the Chinese government that banned provinces with confirmed H7N9 avian influenza infections or where H7N9 virus was found from animals and environmental samples from transporting live poultry across provincial borders.

Advertisement

The notification also requires effective safety measures to encourage slaughtering of live poultry at areas close to farming lands. The government departments, including China's Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Transport, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and State Food and Drug Administration, also set measures to lead consumers to buy chilled poultry products in the notification.