The British Free Range Egg Producers Association says it is vital that all poultry keepers follow heightened biosecurity protocols following the implementation of a bird flu Prevention Zone.
DEFRA announced the Prevention Zone this morning (18 January) following the discovery of dead birds carrying the H5N6 strain of avian influenza in Dorset and Warwickshire.
It is a legal requirement for all poultry keepers to follow the heightened biosecurity guidelines set out by the Government’s Chief Vet, Nigel Gibbens.
Robert Gooch, the chief executive of BFREPA, said: “We welcome the move from Defra to heighten biosecurity in light of the further discovery of avian influenza.
“It’s vital that all poultry keepers – including small backyard flocks – follow the guidance that has been issued today so that all flocks are protected.
“Consumers should be reassured that Public Health England has advised the risk to public health remains very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk.”