Avian Flu

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Shadow Minister (Food & Rural Affairs), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions took place between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency following the outbreak of avian flu at the Bernard Matthews plant.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Numerous discussions took place involving Defra, the Department of Health (DoH), the Health Protection Agency (HPA, an agency of the DoH), and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following the recent outbreak of H5N1 in Suffolk. These took place at official and ministerial levels.

Representatives from the DoH, HPA and the FSA formed part of Defra's National Disease Control Centre. In addition, on 16 February, a joint report was published by the FSA, Defra, the HPA and the Meat Hygiene Service. It looked at the source of imported meat at Holton, with a view to determining whether it came from Hungary.

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