One million French birds set for slaughter

14th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

FOISSIAT, France, March 13, 2006 (AFP) - Poultry farmers in eastern France, whose sales have collapsed after a deadly bird flu outbreak in the region, are set to slaughter up to a million birds from Tuesday, a farm unionist said.

FOISSIAT, France, March 13, 2006 (AFP) - Poultry farmers in eastern France, whose sales have collapsed after a deadly bird flu outbreak in the region, are set to slaughter up to a million birds from Tuesday, a farm unionist said.

Some 950,000 birds which farmers are unable to sell could be destroyed in the five-week voluntary operation in the eastern Ain region — where a turkey farm was hit by the deadly H5N1 virus last month.

Most of the 140 poultry farmers located within a protection zone around the turkey farm, in the town of Versailleux, are expected to resort to the measure, according to Daniel Martin, of the FNSEA farm union.

The entire French poultry sector has taken a bad knock since H5N1 was detected on the turkey farm last month, with at least 46 countries imposing restrictions on the imports of French poultry and poultry products.

France is the fourth-biggest poultry exporter in the world, after the United States, China and Brazil, and the biggest supplier within the European Union.

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