Keeping in consideration the poultry business in the state and thousands of chicken which are imported to meet the demand without taking safety measures such as testing due to which non-vegetarians have a considerable health risk. One of the doctors from Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir told that the chicken present in the market is infected with lethal diseases caused by micro-organisms like Campylobacter, Salmonella and E.coli and thus once consumed; they can prove fatal for the consumers.
Besides that, it is sad that our Government has not devised any mechanism to check if the imported poultry is safe or not. And there are not many health officers in our state who can properly inspect the stock. Owing to the unemployment in the state, educated youth is turning to poultry farming to a great magnitude in the areas like Jammu, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kathua, Udhampur, Pulwama and Budgam etc. According to a ball park estimate, somewhere around 36 lakh chicken is produced in the state whereas 5.5 crore chicken is imported from Haryana and Punjab.
Doctors claim that there is no foolproof method to check whether the chicken is infection free or not and the consequence being ‘Gullian-Barre Syndrome’ which kills approximately 2 Lakh people annually.
A doctor who is presently posted in Srinagar said that the poultry birds are dosed with antibiotics and people consume it without thinking about it which in turn makes them resistant to those drugs further increasing the health hazard. Experts say that every year tens of millions of chicken are trucked through different seasons with their wings and legs broken during transportation and then they are brought to slaughterhouses where they are further tortured in de feathering tanks and are scorched to death without any food or water. Further he added, most of the chicken present in the state have breathing issues as they are kept in grimy sheds with thousand other birds which lead to the occurrence of various deadly diseases. Moreover 99 percent of broiler chicken cadavers which are sold have noticeable degree of E.coli bacteria.
According to a testing report issued by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), it was said that antibiotics are regularly given to the chickens which basically elevate the growth rate making them look finer and of better quality. The experts pronounced that Government should advise the farmers to follow a strict 3 step policy to ensure if the product is safe to sell or not. The three steps include – Management, Bio-security and Vaccination which a poultry farm owner must follow