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October 18, 2005

Chicken Sales down 20% in Italy as Shoppers React to European Bird Flu News

According to RAI TV, Italian shoppers have started to cut back on purchases of chicken in the markets. The country has reacted by passing s rule that bans the import of chickens from Greece and Turkey and requires all chicken packagers to label the place of origin of all chickens sold in Italy. Italian shoppers interviewed for the newscast said they had little faith in a labeling system. In a further reaction to the Rumanian and Greek outbreaks, Italian politicians are proposing that this seasons bird hunting season be called off. All of the major Italian TV news outlets had stories on last nights news regarding the progress of Avian Flu in Europe. Most newspapers ran front page stories of the discovery of a potential H5N1 case found on a Greek Island in the Aegean.

Posted by dymaxion at October 18, 2005 08:05 AM

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