Coronavirus outbreaks at UK poultry plants could lead to culls and welfare issues

Friday, August 28, 2020
The Poultry Site

The CEO of the British Poultry Council warned of potential supply shortages and “bird welfare failures on a significant scale” if there are more COVID-19-related shutdowns at poultry plants.

According to reporting in iNews, further outbreaks of the novel coronavirus at poultry processing plants could lead to potential meat shortages and may jeopardise animal welfare.

iNews reports that more than 100,000 birds on two farms have been culled in recent weeks because poultry plants are operating at reduced capacity. According to Richard Griffiths, CEO of the British Poultry Council, further plant closures could lead to additional culls as the UK would not have the infrastructure to process the birds.

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