Poultry lock-up order to be lifted by May

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 March 2006, BRUSSELS — If no cases of bird flu are reported in Belgium, the compulsory lock-up order for poultry could be lifted at the end of May, the Federal Food Agency said on Tuesday.

28 March 2006

BRUSSELS — If no cases of bird flu are reported in Belgium, the compulsory lock-up order for poultry could be lifted at the end of May, the Federal Food Agency said on Tuesday.

Belgium introduced a nation-wide lock-up for poultry on 1 March as the avian bird flu virus raced across the continent.

"At the moment, there is nothing to draw attention to, but we must observe how the disease evolves," food agency spokesman Pierre Cassart said.

"The lock-up order will definitely not be lifted in April. But if the situation does not change, if there are no cases determined, we could lift the compulsory lock-up order by the end of the month of May."

The food agency said it did not have specific figures about how well farmers are observing the lock-up order, but said the situation is pleasing.

"It is not perfect, but in general the lock-up order is being well respected. In the past 18 days, we have almost not had any calls about this subject," Cassart said.

The spokesman also said that the agency remained vigilant, but every day that passes is a victory against the threat of an outbreak.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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