Restrictions lifted following avian flu case in Lancashire
Posted: 17 August 2015 | | No comments yet
DEFRA has announced that restrictions have been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm last month…
The lifting of the restrictions means that all poultry keeping farms within the ten kilometre restriction zone around the infected premises are now allowed to move poultry and other animals without restriction.
Webinar: eBook: Thermo Fisher Scientific Food Integrity Collection 2017
Over the course of the year Thermo Fisher Scientific have provided expert comment on a whole swathe of issues including food fraud, origin testing and labelling regulations. This collection also provides access to Thermo Fisher’s Food Authenticity webinar series for 2017, where experts delve into olive oil characterisation, gelatin speciation, honey and chromatography, and more.
The high severity case of avian flu was confirmed in chickens at a farm in Preston on 13 July and robust action was taken to prevent any spread of the disease, which poses a very low risk to human health. A restriction zone was placed around the property.
This unique event will help you address the impact on your business of the UK's exit from the EU, with presentations from Brexit thought-leaders, peer networking, debate and discussion.
The restrictions have been lifted 21 days after the completion of an initial cleaning and disinfection of the premises, which is the earliest point allowed under EU rules to end the controls.
UK remains at a “constant low risk” of an incident of avian flu
Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens said, “Protecting our country from animal disease is vital for our economy. Our robust, swift and intensive approach to tackling this incident, and confirming the disease was contained to a single farm, means we have been able to lift these restrictions at the earliest possible point allowed by EU law.
“The UK remains at a constant low risk of an incident of avian influenza and this latest case should serve as a reminder for the poultry industry of the importance of maintaining strict biosecurity to minimise the risk of infection. I also urge keepers to remain vigilant for any signs of disease and report any suspicions to their vet immediately.”