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Poultry Farmers in UK Must Remain Vigilant after Bird Flu Outbreaks

19 November 2014
National Farmers Union

UK - Poultry producers have been urged to remain vigilant following a case of avian influenza discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire, the National Farmers Union (NFU) said.

The call comes as the NFU continues its work with Government and the wider industry to minimise the impacts of the confirmed H5N8 strain, which poses a low risk to humans.

NFU poultry chairman Duncan Priestner said the NFU had been working closely with Government and industry, and made significant efforts to ensure members were up-to-date on the day-to-day developments.

"Clearly, this is an issue the industry and consumers have been following and it is vital that the NFU represents the interests and the views of its members.

"Some of the issues we have been working on for those farmers within the restriction zones, include ensuring producers can obtain licences as soon as possible so businesses can operate as normal.

"In the meantime, we would urge all poultry producers to remain vigilant and continue with their ongoing on-farm hygiene and biosecurity measures. Anyone who suspects that their birds might be ill should inform their local vet as soon as possible.

"It must be stressed that consumers should be aware that this is a bird health issue and that they can be reassured that eating British poultry products is safe. As it stands this is an isolated instance and while the poultry industry remains on high alert, it is business as usual."

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