DEFRA fast tracks avian flu rules

The avian flu outbreak in Norfolk has prompted DEFRA to fast track new UK legislation this week on avian flu control measures, coming into force before the end of its consultation period.


It follows an agreement with key industry organisations that DEFRA would make the order quickly should the need arise, so that the most up to date controls were in place before the autumn migration season.


The Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals Order 2006, which came into force yesterday [Thursday 27 May], implements most of the requirements of the recent EU Directive.


It brings new powers, allowing a preventative or firebreak cull of poultry, providing powers of entry to test and sample and allow the slaughter of vaccinated poultry, with compensation.