Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain towards the end of January 2018 for about a month
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Friday, 23 January 2004

Chicken Flu - and the repercussions begin in Europe

The EU will today ban importation of chicken from Thailand, which has been affected by the latest outbreak, along with a number of other south-east Asian nations. The fear apparently is that the virus may acquire human-to-human transferability. It seems that the EU, along with Japan, are the major importers of Thai chicken. On my many visits to Thailand (on business trips and as a tourist), in a number of different parts of the country, I have never once had a 'tummy upset', so I hope that the Thais are able to contain this outbreak rapidly and that their export markets and their tourist industry may not suffer too much. (Update: the BBC has more on the possible economic impact of this disaster for Thailand)

The chicken I buy almost always says 'UK produced' and is normally free-range, so I hope I'm safe for the moment. The same for eggs, usually locally produced (very locally).

No comments:

Post a Comment

Welcome to my comment area. Whilst all comment is welcome you are requested to respect the views of others. To read full terms for use of this facility, please visit my 'Terms of Use' section, linked to under the 'About this Blog' heading at top right of the blog. Note added 12JUL2010 - All comments will now be pre-moderated before they appear in this blog; this is a measure to prevent 'spam' commenting, which has become frequent of late. Thank you.