Plaid Cymru has appealed for answers from the Welsh Government following the Chief Veterinary Officer’s finding of avian flu in a wild duck in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs for Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas commented:
“Plaid Cymru has asked for a statement for the Welsh Government to reassure the public of the steps taken to confront avian influenza.
“In the past there have been concerns about the food chain, particularly meat in our shops. The Food Standards Agency has been clear the current scientific evidence and advice is that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk to UK consumers.
“The Party of Wales welcome the precautionary measure to declare the whole of Wales as an Avian Influenza Prevention Zones requiring the housing of poultry and captive wild birds. It maybe after this case the order that lasts until 6 January on the housing of poultry may have to be extended.
“I’m glad the Welsh Government has taken further steps earlier this week to further protect poultry and captive birds by introducing a temporary suspension on gatherings of poultry.”
The duck, a wigeon, was found dead and submitted for testing. This morning (Thursday 22 December) it has been confirmed it tested positive for the Highly Pathogenic H5N8 strain of the avian influenza virus.
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