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Chinese food Zongzi banned for fear of infectious diseases

Press Trust of India 

More than 20 countries and regions have banned the traditional Chinese food Zongzi over fears that it may be carrying viruses like bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease.

According to Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, since some meat-filled Zongzi, also known as rice dumplings, have the risk of carrying viruses like bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease, 23 countries and regions including Germany and France have banned any kind of Zongzi.

However, the regulations vary in different countries and regions. Singapore is open to Zongzi coming from Chinese mainland, but not from Hong kong. Six countries, including Australia and the UK, have banned the entry of Zongzi that has meat stuffing and egg yolk content.

Zongzi is a traditional Chinese food served during the Duanwu Festival, or Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar each year.

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First Published: Sat, May 24 2014. 18:35 IST