Avian flu threatens British food staples, from English breakfast to Christmas dinner

Avian flu threatens British food staples, from English breakfast to Christmas dinner

Marcel Stevens

Marcel Stevens

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Egg shortages could be on the playing cards as avian flu sweeps via Europe.

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LONDON — The classic English fry-up and standard Christmas turkey evening meal could be below risk as Britain bargains with the affect of increasing scenarios of avian flu.

Fried, poached, scrambled and boiled eggs may nicely be off the menu as some British supermarkets have warned that materials could be disrupted, when grocery outlets have also created moves to bolster turkey stocks forward of the festive time.

Britain’s second-most significant supermarket group Sainsbury’s claims it has purchased more turkeys to give by itself a “buffer” as the festive period strategies, whilst the top rated grocery store chain, Tesco, said in Oct it expects to have ample turkeys for Christmas, according to Reuters.

Customers at price reduction retailer Lidl are reportedly only equipped to obtain up to three boxes of eggs, even though the U.K.’s third-most significant grocery store chain Asda has limited clients to two containers per transaction.

The existing avian flu outbreak is the most significant at any time seasoned in the U.K., and the federal government ordered for all poultry and captive birds in England to be kept indoors from Nov. 7 to test to contain the hugely infectious ailment.

Governments across Europe have culled bird populations to limit the distribute of avian flu. Virtually 6 million birds have been killed in the Netherlands given that October 2021, while Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark and France have also been poorly affected. 

Virtually 50 million birds have been killed in Europe this yr as nations around the world test to consist of the disease, according to the EU’s Food stuff Safety Agency.