Avian Flu in Suffolk again

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Chickens in Herbs - size130pxWhat not to worry about…
Eating poultry meat is fine. You can eat chicken, turkey, goose, etc, as normal. Cooking kills off viruses. Also, avian flu controls should keep it out of the food chain.  For more details, read this from the World Health Organisation.

Professor John Oxford, interviewed by the BBC earlier this year:
QUESTION: Can you get bird flu from eating turkey?
ANSWER: One hundred percent not. Even if you ate raw turkey you still probably wouldn’t be infected, the risk is so minuscule. That’s because this is a bird virus that does not like humans but also because most people would cook a turkey and maintain high standards of hygiene – washing their hands and using clean work surfaces.

What you should worry about…
Massive industrialisation of farming, and the globalisation of the meat trade, incubate and spread diseases. Remember, Bernard Matthews boasted of ‘the highest standards of biosecurity’ but that seems to have collapsed because of his trans-continent trading.

Currently, avian influeza is a disease of birds. And the temperature of a bird is much higher than that of humans – our respiratory tract is too cold for bird flu. But factory farming is just the ticket for the avian flu virus, if it’s going to become a new threat to humans. Huge numbers of birds kept in awful conditions, in close contact with humans. Combine this with factory pig farming, and you present the H5N1 strain with opportunities to change into something more comfortable inside the mammalian body. Read more…

The 2nd Suffolk Outbreak for 2007
Only a month ago, Defra announced how well they’d handled the Holton outbreak, and published the lessons learnt.

Why did Defra only make a press release today? They say they have confirmed Avian Flu – preliminary tests indicate a H5-type strain – and that takes a while to achieve. When did they first suspect this outbreak? Get Defra’s latest here.

We need change
Sheepdrove Organic Farm calls for a more sensible approach to trading – buy local and sell local. That’s good for food miles as well as disease control. We only sell our meat within the UK.

We continually campaign for better animal welfare standards, especially in poultry production. Just as we have demonstrated with Sheepdrove Organic Farm’s chickens, adapting to fit the natural instincts of the birds really does work. With the very best welfare comes healthy animals, a better environment, tasty meat and happier customers.

Every time you choose a bird raised in extensive farming, it sends a signal for change. Support the best poultry standards – buy organic – buy Sheepdrove.

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