Saturday, February 10, 2007

H5N1 Hungary DEFRA Question

Hungary had mute swans die of H5N1 in April 2006, then outbreaks on several goose farms in June 2006, then an outbreak on a goose farm in January 24th 2007.

Bernard Matthews’ Hungarian turkey factory is outside the exclusion zone round the latter goose farm, in fact 150 miles away.

Assuming that it is the same strain of H5N1, it follows that

EITHER the exclusion zones are not wide enough

OR turkeys were illegally smuggled out of the exclusion zone and sold on as coming from Matthews’ factory.

Question 1 for DEFRA: Which is the case?

Question 2 for DEFRA is – have all imports to the UK (and other EU countries) from Hungary now ceased?

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