NFU Scotland is urging poultry producers and the general public
to be vigilant for signs of avian influenza following an outbreak
of the disease in Suffolk.
The strain of Avian Influenza present at the Infected Premises
near Diss was confirmed yesterday as the highly pathogenic H5N1
In this crucial festive period for the poultry sector, producers
will play their part by checking their stock on a regular basis
and making sure their biosecurity arrangements are of the highest
However, the general public also has a crucial role in identifying
this devastating disease as surveillance of wild fowl presents
one of our best defences against bird flu getting into our domestic
flock. Government is reminding people in Scotland’s priority
areas of Angus, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, Falkirk, West
Lothian, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish
Borders to report any dead wild birds, especially ducks, geese,
swans, gulls and waders.
NFU Scotland’s Animal Welfare Policy Manager, Bob Carruth,
“Scotland’s poultry producers and keepers must remain
alert for signs of avian influenza in their flocks. There is nothing
to suggest that the disease has spread beyond the infected premises
at Diss in Suffolk. However, the disease remains a threat.
“We also need the public’s help. We need them to play
their part in surveillance and to stand by Scottish poultry and
egg producers. Poultry sales, especially turkey, goose and chicken
reach a peak in the run up to Christmas so we would reiterate the
Food Standards Agency’s message that properly cooked poultry
meat is perfectly safe to eat. We encourage everyone to support
their Scottish farmers by continuing to choose Scottish turkey,
goose, chicken and eggs.
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