Officials in Britain are investigating whether meat contaminated with bird flu has reached UK shops. But the Food Standards Agency has been quick to reassure the public that if it has, though undesirable, as long as it is cooked properly there is no threat to consumers.
The Bernard Mathews Company which owns the farm where the bird flu outbreak was found is denying that it brought in the contaminated meat from its plant in Hungary, but not everyone is convinced: “I think Bernard Mathews has got a problem and some very serious questions to answer about the level of bio-security on their farm. And also about the Hungarian connection which had been around as an idea but not until very recently has it become a serious possibility as to the cause of the outbreak in Suffolk.” – Opposition environment spokesman Peter Ainsworth.
British vets have now dismissed the idea as “unlikely” that the virus was brought in by wild birds and are looking into how the company sources its meat. Sales of poultry in Britain have fallen by 10% since the outbreak was reported.