Bird flu threatens British staples, from English breakfast to Christmas dinner

Egg shortages could be on the cards as bird flu spreads across Europe.

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LONDON — The classic English fry and traditional Christmas turkey dinner could be under threat as Britain grapples with the impact of rising bird flu cases.

Fried, poached, scrambled and boiled eggs may well not be on the menu as some UK supermarkets have warned supplies could be disrupted, while grocery stores have also moved to bolster turkey stocks ahead of the cooking season. holidays.

UK’s second largest supermarket group Sainsbury’s says it has ordered more turkeys to give itself a “buffer” as the holiday season approaches, while the big supermarket chain, Tescosaid in October that he expected to have enough turkeys for Christmas, according to Reuters.

Shoppers at the Lidl discount store could only buy up to three boxes of eggs, while the UK’s third-largest supermarket chain, Asda, has limited customers to two boxes per transaction.

The current bird flu outbreak is the biggest ever in the UK, and the government has ordered all poultry and captive birds in England to be kept indoors from November 7 in an attempt to contain the outbreak. highly infectious disease.

Governments across Europe have culled bird populations to limit the spread of bird flu. Almost six million birds have been killed in the Netherlands since October 2021, while Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark and France have also been badly affected.

Nearly 50 million birds have been killed in Europe this year as countries try to contain the disease, according to the European Food Safety Agency.

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