Exports worth millions lost in UK
UK poultry breeders are loosing millions of pounds
worth of export profits due to cleansing legislations regarding the bird flu
The length of time being taken to cleanse the sheds after the avian influenza
outbreak in February at the Bernard Matthews
farm is frustrating farmers, who are losing millions in export revenues.
Legislation states that after a bird flu outbreak, litter from poultry
sheds must be stacked up and composted for 42 days, followed by two thorough
cleansing and 'de-greasing' sessions of the sheds seven days apart. Procedure
states that the houses should then be locked up and left empty for 21 days.
The UK will only regain its avian influenza free status three months after the 21-day
lock-up period. Meanwhile, several countries outside of the EU will not accept
poultry or poultry products from the UK, which, according to National farmers Union
(NFU) chairman Charles Bourn, has cost the industry nearly Â£25 million
(€37 million) in lost exports of parent, grand-parent and great-grand-parent
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