FSA advice about avian (bird) flu

Last updated:
16 December 2016
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On the basis of current scientific evidence, our advice is that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. The advice follows recent reports of bird flu at a farm in Lincolnshire and in wild birds.

The risk of getting bird flu through the food chain is very low. Some strains of avian influenza can pass to humans, but this is very rare. It usually requires close contact between the human and infected live birds. Thoroughly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

More information about the outbreak can be found on the GOV.UK website via the link on this page.