Sixth 'bird flu' case confirmed as poultry restrictions to remain in place until further notice
A sixth 'bird flu' case has been confirmed by the Department of Agriculture in Nenagh, Tipperary.
The H5N8 virus was again confirmed in a wild whooper swan. Following a review of the HPAI H5N8 situation, by the Department it has been decided that the requirement to keep poultry and captive birds confined in Ireland will be remain in place.
This is due to the continued findings ofHPAIH5N8 in wild birds in Ireland, and is considered necessary to protect the high health status of the larger national poultry flock. These measures will remain in place until further notice.
There are EU Regulations that lay down detailed rules regarding marketing standards for eggs and poultry meat.
These Regulations set down minimum requirements that must be met in order to use the term “Free Range”, including rules around access to the range.
The Regulations also provide for situations where veterinary restrictions are imposed to protect public and animal health,as is the case currently in Ireland, whereby eggs and poultry meat may continue to be marketed as “Free Range” for the duration of the restriction but not for more than 12 weeks. In Ireland, the 12 week period expires on March 17, 2017.