Turkey boss defends his company

UK - Food company boss Bernard Matthews has defended his firm following an outbreak of bird flu at one of his farms.
calendar icon 15 February 2007
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Writing in the Daily Mirror, he denied there had been any cover-up of the farm's links to Hungary, where the same strain of bird flu was found in geese.

Speaking for the first time since the crisis in Suffolk began, he said allegations that information may have been withheld were "completely untrue".

The H5N1 strain of bird flu was found at the Holton plant on 3 February.

Scientists have said the strain of H5N1 bird flu at Holton and that which infected geese in Hungary were "essentially identical".

Mr Matthews said: "I'm sorry for any confusion but this has not been of our making.

"There has been absolutely no cover-up at our end. I've been upset about allegations that we may have withheld information. That is completely untrue.

Source: BBC

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