UPDATE: Bernard Matthews Hungarian connection confirmed
UK Public health minister, Caroline Flint, said 850
tons of turkey, some from Hungary, passed through the infected plant in Suffolk.
757 tons of the turkey was from the UK and 93 tons was
from Hungary, the country suspected as being the source of the H5N1
. Under European regulations no birds should be
moved in a 3km zone around infected farms and in the
further 10km surveillance zone.
However, it had
emerged that 37 mt of partly processed turkeys have been arriving in Britain
from Bernard Matthews
Hungarian plants every week. A
delivery arrived at the plant just a few days before January 27, when workers
first spotted signs of illness in the eight-week-old chicks. This detail is
understood to have been withheld on grounds of commercial confidentiality.
The Food Standards
said none of the meat went near the sheds where
infected birds were found and it was processed on other areas of the site. The
minister also stressed that no-one involved in meat processing had come into
contact with live birds at another part of the site.
A further 50 tons of chicken from Brazil also passed through the plant.
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