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Poultry was once not considered fleishig.

If someone had eaten chicken immediately before the rabbis decreed that poultry was fleishig, would he have had to wait his customary number of hours before drinking milk?

I think there is some confusion. A rephrase of the question:

Reuben eats chicken and plans to eat milk during the same meal. After he has a bite of chicken but before he drinks the milk, the Rabbis decree that chicken is to be considered as meat. Since the chicken was not meat when he ate it, may Reuben drink the milk or does the decree affect the past eating?

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I've heard that there's an opinion even today (no source, sorry, was one of those late-night discussions at yeshiva) that holds that you only wait one hour after poultry for exactly this reason. – Tatpurusha Jun 27 '14 at 23:22
Do you have any evidence that the enactment to wait after meat was enacted before the enactment to treat chicken as meat? I would suspect the opposite is true. – Double AA Jun 29 '14 at 4:58
@Tatpurusha How would that resolve the issue? – Daniel Jun 29 '14 at 11:05

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