German farmers protest World Cup chicken ban

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23 March 2006, MAINZ, GERMANY - German farmers on Thursday called on football's governing body FIFA to rescind a ban on the sale of chicken at stadiums hosting World Cup matches.

23 March 2006

MAINZ, GERMANY - German farmers on Thursday called on football's governing body FIFA to rescind a ban on the sale of chicken at stadiums hosting World Cup matches.

"Our products are safe and healthy," said the president of the national farmers association, Gerd Sonnleitner.

Catering specialist Aramark, which is the main concessionary for catering at the World Cup, plans to drop poultry products from the menu because of a bird flu scare in Germany.

A spokesman for Aramark's German subsidiary said the decision was taken as a precaution after consultation with FIFA.

The spokesman pointed out that chicken was not a typical foodstuff sold at German stadiums and would have accounted for less than 2 per cent of the company's catering for the World Cup.

Sonnleitner accused FIFA of hysteria and acting irresponsibly. He called on FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the head of the World Cup organizing committee, Franz Beckenbauer, to reverse the decision.

Aramark had planned to include "international specialties" such as spit-roast chicken sate at matches involving Asian teams.

Now, only dishes featuring beef or pork will be on offer at the 64-match tournament beginning June 9.

DPA

Subject: German news

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