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February 13, 2007

Bird flu creates diplomatic row

Via This is London: Bird flu creates diplomatic row as inquiries reach opposite conclusions.

A diplomatic storm over bird flu has erupted between Britain and Hungary.

Both countries separately announced the results of scientific inquiries, with British vets pointing the finger firmly at two Hungarian farms. Government scientists said the H5N1 found in Bernard Matthews' turkeys was a 99.96 per cent match to Hungary's outbreak.

But authorities in Budapest hit back with their own conclusion - that there was 'no evidence' they were to blame. They cleared their own farms and abattoirs of any involvement in the outbreak at Matthews' farm in Holton, Suffolk.

Both sets of scientists refused to back down when confronted with claims by the other side - leaving uncertainty for consumers.

The clash between scientists came as the first consignment of turkeys arrived at the Holton plant after the Government gave the go-ahead to restart operations.

The muddle began when Hungary's chief vet, Miklos Suth, declared at a press conference that he was '100 per cent certain' his country had not exported the deadly disease to Britain.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2007 09:16 PM

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