Update: FSA investigates food chain

The Food Standards Agency has announced it is checking that no infected turkey meat has got into the food chain.

In a statement, the FSA said: "Our advice, that avian flu does not pose a food safety risk, remains unchanged. However, it is illegal for infected meat to be in our food and so the Agency would take any appropriate action if it were found to be there."

Meanwhile government vets are continuing to investigate the possibility the source of the Bernard Matthews avian influenza outbreak may have been Hungary.

Defra has revealed that preliminary tests show the viruses in Suffolk and the recent outbreaks in Hungary may well be identical.

Meanwhile, its been reported that tests on culled turkeys from three sheds on the Suffolk farm, near the shed in which the virus was first found, also showed strains of H5N1.

Defra, the Food Standards Agency and the Health Protection Agency are investigating the possibility of a link between the Hungarian outbreaks, poultry meat from Hungary and the introduction of the disease in Suffolk.

Bernard Matthews has a processing plant in Sarvar, in Hungary - about 160 miles away from the infected area, Szentes.

Turkey meat was being taken from the Hungary plant to a processing plant next to the Suffolk premises.

Bernard Matthews has said it is co-operating fully with Defra and has now volunteered to cease any movements to and from Hungary as a precautionary measure.

However commercial director Bart Dalla Mura told the BBC he would be "very surprised" if Hungary turned out to be the source of infection.

"We do transport meat but we don't move live birds between Hungary and the UK," he said. "There is no suggestion of any infection at our Hungarian plant and no suggestion of any infection in turkeys in Hungary.

"If we had any concerns about our Hungarian operation we would say so - as we did at Holton. We operate with as much rigour in Hungary as we do in the UK."

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