Tons of poultry made its way to the food chain via the Bernard Matthews plant, which was infected with the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu in early February this year.
The Public health minister Caroline Flint reiterated that almost 850 tons of turkey had to pass through the plant situated in Holton in Suffolk. This had occurred in the interim period between outbreak of the avian influenza and resumption of production services at the plant.
AdvertisementFurther, The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that the meat was processed at other areas of the plant, far away from any of the sheds housing the sick birds.
The outbreak discovered in the farm on February 3rd, 2007 had led to the slaughter of 160,000 birds at the company's Holton plant.