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Avian Influenza Update

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Most will be aware of the current Avian Influenza (AI) situation throughout the UK & Europe.

We have been working closely with authorities and our suppliers since late 2016 to ensure we are kept up to date with the latest information and regulations.

General information on AI can be found at the links below:

[UK] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017

[UK] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-biosecurity-measures-to-protect-against-avian-flu

[EU] http://www.nfuonline.com/sectors/poultry/poultry-news/avian-influenza-and-free-range-status-whats-goi/

Below is a breakdown of what we currently know about the situation:

  • There have been no cases of AI having been identified at any of our supplying sites.
  • As it stands, we are not processing Free Range eggs from any EU countries which were laid after the expiry of their respective 12-week derogation.
  • Any eggs laid from hens housed indoors, after the expiry of the 12-week derogation date will be marketed and sold as ‘Barn Eggs’.
  • Appeals for derogations to extend the 12 week period for which birds are allowed to be housed and maintain their ‘Free Range’ status was rejected in Germany & The Netherlands.
  • DEFRA have issued guidance post 28/02/17 for farmers however they are still advising that birds are housed to reduce the risk of AI spreading. See Here

Up until the current UK derogation expiry (28/02/17) all of the Free Range eggs we process, and have previously processed, will have been legally laid in accordance to EU legislation and therefore can be marked as Free Range.

What happens after this point is still uncertain and will evolve regularly depending on the spread of AI. It seems increasingly as the next major update to the situation will be towards the end of the month.

We are currently working with our suppliers to establish what level of Free Range eggs we will be able to source following 28/02/17.

It is important to remember ‘Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from avian flu is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers’.

For any customers with concerns regarding their supply of Free Range Eggs, please contact Sagar on (0116) 2742822 or email sagar@justegg.co.uk

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