Bird Flu poses no food safety risks

The recent detection of a case of bird flu in Diss on the Suffolk / Norfolk border has no safety implications for the human food chain, the Food Standards Agency announced today.

Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. The science shows that the virus isn’t contracted by eating food – but by close contact with infected birds.

People should follow the Agency’s normal food hygiene advice in relation to handling raw poultry meat in the kitchen. People should ensure that turkey meat is cooked to the point where the
juices run clear and there are no red parts in the meat. The H5 virus is destroyed by cooking thoroughly.

The Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFRA) has lead responsibility within Great Britain for the control of all animal diseases. Further information on the recent case can
be found on the DEFRA website.

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