winners and campaigners, including Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein are petitioning
the EU for the elimination of large-scale intensive livestock farming, which
they argue is "accelerating the development of new pandemic
Macedonia joins Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Africa and South Korea in banning the import of poultry from the
UK, following the recent outbreak
last week. The European Union's top health official,
health and food safety Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou (photo
), said he
was optimistic the bloc would be able to control bird flu this year despite the
outbreaks of the H5N1
, but added: "The virus is
still around. We should never feel that we are safe."
environment secretary David Miliband said that the government intends to "stamp
out" the highly virulent H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus. A cull of 159,000
turkeys took place at the eastern
farm where H5N1 was
confirmed. Strict controls are in place around the site of what is the nation's
first outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in farmed poultry.
The origin of
the strain also remains a mystery, since the only other case in the EU is in
Hungary. Bernard Matthews, the company affected by the outbreak, has a
subsidiary in Hungary, but denies any possible link between the two cases.
officials say the risk to humans is "negligible" and that food on sale is
Poultry sales were reported to be holding up and no further H5N1
outbreaks have been reported.
's poultry producers, however,
are braced for the loss of export orders.
Britain hit with H5N1 bird flu
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