parliament may impose stricter sanctions on processors who fail to produce
appropriate documentation regarding the origins of their
proposals follow criticism of British poultry processing giant Bernard Matthews
for continuing to trade from its UK
facility in Holton following a H5N1
outbreak at the site in January. As required by the EU, Bernard Matthews imposed an
EU-regulated protection zone around the site to prevent the disease from
Despite the protection zone being put in place however, 900 mt of
poultry meat had still passed through the site. 93 mt of this meat came from
Hungary, linked through genetic
testing as the source of the original infection at the Bernard Matthews
Hungarian domestic poultry stocks are once again free of the deadly
H5N1 virus, following the outbreak. Under the new policy, any company found to
contravene these requirements could as a result face a year long suspensions
from operating, as well significant fines.
The government is keen to adopt the measures to increase pressure on
the country's processors to meet food safety standards.
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