October 17, 2013

 

Australia's egg prices may rise due to bird flu outbreak

 

 

Australian egg prices may increase dramatically due to an outbreak of bird flu in the Central West.

 

According to a news report the Department of Primary Industries will cull over 400,000 chickens after the H7 avian influenza was confirmed in a flock of layer hens near Young, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

 

Kevin Binner owns a Poultry Farm at Helensburgh and said it could be 12 months before the chickens are able to be replaced.

 

He said he's not concerned the virus will reach the east coast of NSW, it's unlikely the infection will spread now the farm has been quarantined.

 

The NSW Food Authority has confirmed that there are no food safety issues and that poultry and eggs remain safe to eat.