Approximately 10,500 birds will be culled following an outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) at a turkey fattening farm in North Yorkshire.
The H5N8 strain was confirmed on Saturday November 28 at the site near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and a 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone has been put in place to limit the spread of the disease.
It comes after several AI outbreaks in November, including confirmed cases in Cheshire and Kent, with an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of England declared to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading.
Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, said: “Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
“Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.
“We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this farm to control and eliminate it.”
While Defra has said it did not anticipate any impact on the supplies of turkeys or other birds over Christmas, there are concerns supplies could be tight with some marts cancelling seasonal turkey sales in addition to Covid-19 restrictions on household gatherings.
An investigation is underway to determine the most likely source of the AI outbreak.