Cases of bird flu in Germany not expected to affect commissaries
Reports of the bird flu virus being found on a poultry farm in Germany should have no effect on the sale of poultry products at local commissaries, Defense Commissary Agency officials said Wednesday.
Authorities in eastern Germany said Wednesday that the deadly H5N1 strain has been found in domestic fowl on a poultry farm east of Leipzig. The disease was found in a turkey at a farm that also contains geese and chicken.
“For all of the commissaries in Germany, fresh poultry products come from one supplier in France,” said Kay Blakley, a DECA spokeswoman.
It’s the second time since February that H5N1 has been found in European Union poultry bound for the domestic market, according to a Reuters report. The first case was in France.
Blakley said DECA’s supplier was Gastronome, but she did not know about the French H5N1 case. She added that DECA officials are looking into the issue.
Cases of bird flu have been reported in several European countries, including Germany, but up to now all had managed to keep it out of domestic flocks.
“This is the first case of H5N1 in domestic fowl [in Germany] and this makes it somewhat explosive,” Saxony’s minister of social affairs, Helma Orosz, told a news conference. “Tonight, we will start to kill all the birds.”
The Leipzig farm holds more than 10,000 fowl.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.