January 6, 2021


600,000 poultry to be culled in France to prevent bird flu spread


The French Ministry of Agriculture and Foods said it is set to cull 600,000 poultry to prevent the spread of bird flu among duck flocks southwest of the country, Reuters reported.


Around 200,000 poultry have been slaughtered in France, with a further 400,000 birds to be culled soon, according to a ministry official.


France has reported 61 H5N8 bird flu virus outbreaks since the start of 2021. 48 cases were from the Landes region, southwest of France.


The Landes is major duck breeding zone for the supply of foie gras.


The ministry said the virus is under control in other parts of the country.


- Reuters