The recent hype surrounding Bird Flu should not put the public
off ordering north west farm-fresh turkeys for Christmas this year,
the NFU said today.
Farmers across the country have been rearing turkeys for Christmas
since July are poised and ready for the influx of orders set to
be made for their traditionally reared birds over the festive season.
NFU North West Poultry Board Chairman and Knutsford based turkey
producer, Mike Bailey, said: "Traditionally reared farm-fresh
turkeys are a favourite of British consumers at Christmas time
and the public should be assured that north west turkeys, and other
poultry products, are perfectly safe to eat.
Both the World Health Organisation and the UK Food Standards Agency
have categorically stated that poultry and its derivatives are
safe for the consumer.
"A farm-fresh turkey, bought from a local farmer or sourced
from your local butcher, is a gastronomic delight. I urge all those
wanting these sought after turkeys, which are wonderfully presented,
to seek out their preferred choice and order early as we expect
demand to be as strong as ever this year."
Mike rears and sells approximately 100,000 turkeys a year and
sells them to small supermarket chains and a network of high street
butchers in his local area.
The NFU will be launching a website this month to coincide with
the Christmas period that will help consumers source the type of
turkey they require.
1) Poultry and game is safe to eat. The
Food Standards Agency considers that the outbreak
of avian flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
This is because the risk of catching the disease in humans is
from being in close contact with live poultry that have the disease
and not through eating poultry. There have been no reports of
people handling poultry meat getting infected. The
World Health Organisation has also advised that there is no health risk from
well-cooked poultry meat or from eggs.
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