Bird flu restrictions lifted
Restrictions have now been lifted following an incident of avian flu on a Lancashire farm. The move means that all poultry-keeping farms within the ten kilometre restriction zone around the infected premises are now allowed to move poultry and other animals without restriction.
A high severity case of avian flu was confirmed in chickens at a farm in Preston on 13 July and action was taken to prevent any spread of the disease, which poses a low risk to human health. But the restrictions have been lifted 21 days after the completion of an initial cleaning and disinfection of the premises, which is the earliest point allowed under EU rules to end the controls.