Sutton St Edmund egg producer allays Avian flu fears

Tony Gent has 26,000 free range laying hens on the farm.
Tony Gent has 26,000 free range laying hens on the farm.

Sutton St Edmund egg producer Tony Gent has allayed public fears over the current outbreak of Avian flu in Yorkshire.

Tony, who has around 26,000 free range laying hens on the farm, says: “There are no implications in terms of the safety of the eggs or it being any problem to the general public. It’s a bird problem with no implication on the product.”

Steps have been taken to prevent cross-contamination at the farm by beefing up disinfection of egg collecting lorries. Drivers are also changing clothes and footwear before coming on to site.

The NFU has issued a general briefing on its website about the outbreak, with useful information about how to recognise symptoms and what poultry producers should be looking for and doing.