outbreak of Bird Flu at a Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Suffolk, there has been a mire of information,
counter information, mis information and speculation.
It is time for
the Minister in charge to make a definitive statement as to exactly what the
rules are, what happened and what is going to happen.
We were first
told that the outbreak probably occurred because of a transfer of virus from an
import of dead turkey meat from Hungary.
If such a
transfer of virus can occur from dead meat, why did Defra order the carcases of
the slaughter 160,000 turkeys from the Suffolk farm to be transported across Britain in open trucks, which could possibly
infect wild birds on route.
We now hear that there
is concern that Bernard Matthews has exported cooked meat products back to Hungary, but at the same time Defra says that heat
and cooking will kill the virus.
If this is the
case, why were the carcases not pyred and burned in Suffolk.
inconsistencies, to much dis-information, or is this story being used to divert
attention from something, or the mistakes already made.
DEFRA get it
right, and deliver a single message.