KATHMANDU, Dec 17: The government on Monday has suspended four senior quarantine officials for two months who were found guilty for deliberately allowing containers carrying illegally imported chicken from India for international food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken to enter the country.
According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Agriculture Development, Dr Mohan Dev Lekhak, senior officer at Central Animal Quarantine Office, Kathmandu, Munni Lal Chaudhary and Dr Hare Ram Yadav, officers at Birgunj Quarantine office and Dr Dayaram Chapagain of National Avian Laboratory, Chitwan are the officers suspended by the government.
Two containers of frozen and ready-to-eat chicken imported by Devyani International, operator of KFC for Nepal and Mango Tree International were taken control by local poultry farmers in Dharke of Dhading on Friday and Saturday.
Two cargo containers were found ferrying the chicken consignments along the Prithvi Highway.
In a bid to minimize the risk of bird-flu, the government imposed a ban on the import of poultry products since 2008 from several countries, including India, where outbreak of the avian influenza was reported.
The seized chicken products, which were found rotten producing foul smell, were dumped in presence of local farmers.