Low pathogenic avian flu was confirmed at a commercial chicken farm in Suffolk on 10th December. All the birds are now being humanely culled and immediate steps have been taken by Defra to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
BPC Chief Executive, Richard Griffiths, said:
“The health of our birds remains the priority for BPC member businesses up and down the country. I would like to urge all commercial and non-commercial producers to maintain effective biosecurity on their premises, remain alert for any signs and report suspected disease immediately.”
Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
The BPC is working closely with Defra to monitor and limit the risk of the disease spreading.
Read Defra’s statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-identified-in-suffolk