PARIS Feb 15 The number of poultry killed or
culled due to bird flu in France is forecast to reach 3.3
million birds after France extended on Wednesday the area where
poultry must be slaughtered to contain the fast-spreading virus,
foie gras producers said.
The toll is likely to rise further as new outbreaks continue
to be detected daily in the southwestern part of the country,
the main production zone for the duck and goose liver specialty,
Marie-Pierre Pe, general secretary of producers group Cifog,
France and Hungary have been the countries hardest hit by
the highly contagious H5N8 avian flu virus that has been
spreading across Europe as well as Middle eastern countries in
the past three months.
France launched a massive culling plan early January to
counter the virus and said a month ago it would scale back
preventive slaughtering after the move lead to a slowdown in the
spread of the virus.
(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide, editing by Gus Trompiz and