Consumption of chicken falls in Dubai

DUBAI — The consumption of chicken fell by up to 50 per cent in most of the cafeterias in Dubai following reports of avian bird flu in India two weeks ago.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Thu 2 Mar 2006, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:24 PM

A large number of cafeteria owners in Dubai told Khaleej Times that the sale of chicken had been steadily declining, and was currently almost half the regular sale at the beginning of the year.

"Most of our customers are Indian expatriates. When they heard the avian bird flu report in India, they stopped ordering chicken," said a cafeteria owner in Deira. "Even though we tried to explain to the customers that we are not using the chicken from India, most of them prefer not to eat chicken," he added.

He disclosed that they were using eight 15 kilogrammes cartons of chicken everyday at their outlet three weeks ago but now barely three cartons are consumed.

"Last two weeks the sale of fish and vegetable dishes has gone up. But the drop in the demand for chicken resulted in a sharp decrease in our gross sales. We hope that the sale will go up again soon," he added.

Another cafeteria owner in Deira echoed the same sentiments and revealed that his cafeteria also had experienced the same fall in the sale of chicken. "The sale of chicken shawarma and chicken sandwiches has been affected badly after the bird flu was reported in India. Most of the Indian customers hesitate to consume chicken now. The gross sale in my shop has gone down over the last two weeks. But sale of Mutton and fish has increased," he said.

Prince, an Indian national, working in a IT company, said: "I know there is no bird flu threat in the UAE. But when I heard there was a case detected in India, I have developed a fear of chicken. Last two weeks I never ate chicken. I just do not want to take any risk."

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