Comparison of the live and dressed poultry trading chains in Bangladesh

Jinnat Ferdous, Anne Conan, Md Helal Uddin, Abu Shoeib Muhammad Mohsin, Pangkaj Kumar Dhar, Mokter Hossain, Suman Das Gupta, Justine S. Gibson, Guillaume Fournié, Md Ahasanul Hoque, Joerg Henning

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• Poultry meat and egg production provide affordable animal protein to customers in Bangladesh, but also represent an important employment opportunity
• Poultry value chains are more diverse in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC)
like Bangladesh compared to high-income countries
• Poultry meat is provided to customers in LMIC either as live poultry or as
slaughtered carcasses (‘dressed poultry’)
• Production and trading practices of poultry play an important role in the spread of avian and zoonotic food-borne pathogens

• Identify the actors involved in the live poultry and dressed poultry trading chain in
• Describe how actors are ‘connected’ when trading live or dressed poultry
• Analyse and compare the trading practices and transactions between different
actors involved in the two chains

• Questionnaire based surveys of actors involved
in live poultry trading chain
• LBM managers (N=48)
• Stall owners/vendors trading poultry (N=412)
• Mobile poultry traders/MM (N=172)
• ‘Feed and chick dealers’ (N=157)
• Key informant interviews of actors involved
in dressed poultry trading chain
• Slaughtering companies (N=9)
• Director of distribution points of the largest
chain supermarket in Dhaka (N=1)
• Supermarkets which trade dressed poultry
in Chattogram (N=5)
• Duration: Jun 2020 - Feb 2021
• Planned analysis: Descriptive statistics and social network analysis

• In the live poultry trading chain, significant differences (p<0.05) by market type (large
retail, small retail, large mixed and small mixed market) were found for:
• Number of MM operating at markets
• Number of poultry sold per day
• Contacts between types of chickens and between species of poultry
• Presence of dogs
• Mixing of newly supplied birds with unsold birds
• Live and dressed poultry trading chains are closely connected, with multiple crossover
points in the supply of birds
• Consumer perception that dressed poultry has a lower risk for food-born pathogens
than birds from LBMs needs to be treated with caution
• Unsubstantiated consumer confidence in dressed poultry may inadvertently increase
the risk of infection with food borne pathogens in humans
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2022
EventUKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub Annual Conference 2022 - Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Duration: 25 Oct 202227 Oct 2022


ConferenceUKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub Annual Conference 2022
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