Britain’s largest duck farmer – which supplies ready meals to M&S, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi – is at the centre of the first outbreak of bird flu in six years. Cherry Valley Farms – which rears nearly half of the 15million ducks a year bred in the UK – will today cull all 6,000 birds at one of its sites in East Yorkshire. Officials have imposed an ‘exclusion zone’, restricting movement of poultry within six miles of the breeding farm which houses Pekin ducks that produce eggs to be hatched for their meat. Cherry Valley Farms will today cull all 6,000 birds at one of its sites in East Yorkshire after a bird flu outbreak Defra inspectors were seen entering the farm in protective gear yesterday after livestock with bird flu were discovered Officials said the virus is from the H5 group and is still being tested – but is not the deadly H5N1 strain Once the eggs are laid, they are taken to another of Cherry Valley’s farms where the ducklings are reared for Chinese restaurants and for ready meals sold in supermarkets. Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi stock products from Cherry Valley but each said it has… Read full this story
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