Bernard Matthews denies misleading officials in H5N1 investigation

Bernard Matthews denied allegations today that he misled officials by withholding information on the movement of poultry products between the company’s outlets in the UK and Hungary.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Mr Matthews said: “There’s been absolutely no cover up at our end.  I’ve been upset about allegations that we may have withheld information. That is completely untrue.

“Let me be absolutely clear – it’s my name on the packet and I wouldn’t let any food go out to the shelves if I thought there was anything wrong with it.”

Government scientists confirmed last week that laboratory analysis of the H5N1 avian flu strain showed that the viruses found in Suffolk and Hungary were essentially identical.