Bird flu plant won't face legal action

A BERNARD Matthews plant which found itself at the centre of the Suffolk bird flu outbreak will not be subject to legal action from the Food Standards Agency, it emerged today.

A BERNARD Matthews plant which found itself at the centre of the Suffolk bird flu outbreak will not be subject to legal action from the Food Standards Agency, it emerged today.

The agency said today that its inspectors had found “no evidence” that the firm breached animal by-product or food hygiene laws.

The watchdog said in a statement: “We have carefully scrutinised and considered the evidence in this case and concluded there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

“Accordingly, we have decided not to proceed to a prosecution in this case.”

Avian flu was found at the plant at Holton on February 3. Restrictions on the movement of poultry were lifted last month.

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