Dagblad van het Noorden is reporting that bird flu has not spread from one poultry farm to two other farms in the Westerkwartier. That is according the results of an inspection announced by the ministry of Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Following the negative result, the Storteboom chicken processing plant in Kornhorn has resumed normal operations.
Bird flu at Abma
This past weekend, the highly contagious bird flu was found to have infected the birds at the Abma poultry farm on the Hoendiep in Gaarkeuren. All 36,000 birds at the farm were culled. As a precaution, samples were taken from the chickens at two other poultry farms in the area to determine whether or not they had been infected as well.
Storteboom processing plant
The results are good news for the poultry farmers and for the Storteboom meat processing plant in Kornhorn. The plant fell just within the border of a ten-kilometer zone surrounding the Abma farm where a transportation ban was in place. During the ban, no chickens could be brought to the plant, which normally processes 250,000 chickens a day. The 250 employees of the plant were forced to stay home starting on Monday, but operations were back to normal as of Wednesday.