There are a total of 36 other poultry farms in an area of 10 km around this company. The Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Schüten, immediately announced a ban on transportation in an area of 10 km around the company in Heeten. The ban on transportation concerns poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used litter, as well as other animals and animal products from poultry farms.
There are still some national measures for breeders of laying hens, livestock and chickens. For example, a stricter reporting obligation applies, whereby poultry farmers must report the loss of their poultry beforehand to the NVWA. As a result, bird flu infections can appear earlier and have a lower chance of spreading. There are also procedures in place regarding the covering and use of duck bedding and the banning of commercially raised birds.
Since July 6, the obligation to raise commercial poultry is no longer valid. As a result of this contamination, the Minister for the LNV is requesting a group of animal disease experts to carry out a risk assessment for the region concerned and for the whole of the Netherlands. Advice from the panel of experts is expected this week, and on the basis of that advice, in part, a decision will be made if additional measures are needed.
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