Bird flu restrictions eased

TIGHT restrictions on keeping poultry close to the Bernard Matthews' processing plant in north Suffolk were eased today.The “protection zone,” within a three kilometre radius of the plant at Holton, has been abolished and poultry keepers are now facing the same restrictions as those in the wider surveillance zone.

TIGHT restrictions on keeping poultry close to the Bernard Matthews' processing plant in north Suffolk were eased today.

The “protection zone,” within a three kilometre radius of the plant at Holton, has been abolished and poultry keepers are now facing the same restrictions as those in the wider surveillance zone.

Those restrictions are less tight - and mean that domestic birds can be moved under strict conditions.

The earliest the surveillance zone and the wider restricted zones can be removed is Saturday week, March 10.

No further cases of bird flu were found after it was confirmed in two sheds at the Holton turkey farm - and scientists have said there is no indication that the disease has got into the wild bird population.