Tribute to flu fighters

Field Foot Farm in Goosnargh
Field Foot Farm in Goosnargh

Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace has paid tribute to staff working ‘around the clock’ to contain an outbreak of bird flu.

And he called for help for local farmers and businesses hit by livestock movement and other restrictions, following the re bird flu outbreak in Goosnargh.

MP Ben Wallace

MP Ben Wallace

During a fact finding visit to the Animal and Plant Health Agency in Barton he met operations director Hazel Durant and members of the team dealing with the case at Staveley’s Eggs, Field Foot Farm, Goosnargh, which was confirmed eight days ago.

He said staff were “working round the clock” to contain the flu, identified as strain H7N7.

Mr Wallace said: “I met vets and civil servants from all over the UK who have come to help. It is very important at this stage that all government agencies, farmers and agricultural associations work together to limit the impacts of avian flu.

“I have pressed for further help for our farmers.

I met vets and civil servants from all over the UK who have come to help. It is very important at this stage that all government agencies, farmers and agricultural associations work together to limit the impacts of avian flu

“Movement restrictions and licensing regimes make it very difficult for them to survive as businesses.

“I was pleased to see that all involved have a real sense of urgency to get this outbreak cleaned up.”

Meanwhile answers are still being sought to as to what caused the outbreak.

Culling of up to 170,000 birds was completed last Tuesday. DEFRA, (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), reported that preliminary cleansing and disinfection of Field Foot Farm farm was completed last Friday.

The clock then started ticking on when restrictions imposed in the 3km observation and 10km surveillance zones round the farm can be lifted.

It is hoped all restrictions can be lifted on August 16.