Belgian chicken sales fall by 30pc

3rd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The volume of chicken slaughters at the largest Belgian chicken abattoirs has fallen by 20 to 30 percent since the middle of this week due to bird flu fears.

3 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The volume of chicken slaughters at the largest Belgian chicken abattoirs has fallen by 20 to 30 percent since the middle of this week due to bird flu fears.  

"We are now largely producing for the deep freeze and are making losses," Mark Vangrembergen, sales representative for chicken abattoir Lintor, said.

Lintor especially supplies large supermarkets and is extremely sensitive to falls in domestic consumption, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Friday.

Sales of whole chickens, drumsticks, chicken breasts and wings have especially fallen in recent days. Exports to France and Germany have also fallen by a third.

The price of chicken has fallen to EUR 0.55 per kilogram.

The industry is trying to artificially drive prices up by reducing the hatching of chicks by a third to create a scarcity in supply.

Chicks can be slaughtered after six weeks, so prices might start to rise from the middle of April.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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