No Avian Flu in Yucatan
On Thursday, July 5, 2012, the President of the Yucatan Association of Poultry Farmers, Jorge Puerto Cabrera, publicly urged the residents of Yucatan to not fear the consumption of chicken or its derivates that are sold in the state. “They are free from the avian influenza”, he stated.
“For over 20 years, the birds in our state have not been victims of the avian influenza. This is because of the phyto-sanitary campaigns held throughout the year, the campaigns are intense and permanent”, Puerto Cabrera explained.
According to the Association of Poultry Farmers, this industry currently generates 8,000 jobs at the 172 poultry farms producing in Yucatan. The farms are located primarily in the west and Sisal area. Statewide poultry farms produce 65,000 boxes of eggs per week and 1.5 million chickens per week.
The Association has thus proclaimed a sufficient production of eggs and chicken and there is no need to import either during the current crisis affecting other areas of Mexico.
The Government of Yucatan has closed its borders for import at the neighboring intersections of Chetumal, Campeche, and Quintana Roo to prevent the entry of chicken and eggs.
Jalisco is the main producer of both eggs and chicken and is where the recent outbreak of the avian-flu has developed.
Currently the entry of these foods is prohibited into Yucatan. The Association and Government assure that the good health and status of the 172 poultry farms in the state will be maintained.
“Since 1995 our state has been free of the avian influenza and other diseases that affect chicken and turkey, but even before 1995 the incidence of any diseases have decreased due to the strict protection and sanitary campaigns”, Puerto Cabrera stated.