From a contributor to the WSM Forum :-
Bernard Matthews Ltd is to receive over £500,000 in compensation as a result of the culling of 160,000 of his turkeys during the recent H5N1breakout at one of their farms in Norfolk.
The reason (given in the BBC online news report) is that the 1981Animal Health Act provides for compensation to encourage the "early reporting of bird flu to minimise the spread of the disease".
So if I get this right, we are paying Bernard Matthews for NOT covering up a bird flu outbreak which could pose a risk to the millions of people?
Phew!! That's OK then…….
It's just that I thought for a minute we were handing out half a million pounds of taxpayers money to a £400 million a year, privately owned company for doing nothing more than we should reasonably expect any supplier of food products to consider a fundamental part of their of their moral obligation in the protection of the very people who have lined their pockets (despite the sometimes questionable nutritional value of some of their products) for the last 57 years.
Once again, the Government looks after the interests of Big Business at the expense of the working taxpayer. DEFRA seems to have totally missed that although no "specific proven source has been found" for the outbreak, the fact that it was completely localized within the Bernard Matthews farm suggests that there has clearly been SOME kind of catastrophic failure of their biosecurity measures. It's OK though,because they didn't try and cover it up.
What is even more laughable is that Ben Bradshaw; the New Labour Animal Health Minister has praised a "comprehensive" report on the matter by the National Emergency Epidemiology Group. This praise is despite the fact that the report, intended to determine the source of the outbreak, didn't in actual fact, determine the source of the outbreak.
So the Government gives the National Emergency Epidemiology Group a nice pat on the back for saying "We don't really know where it came from, it was probably Hungary", Bernard Matthews gets a congratulatory handshake and a £500,000 tip for his "community spirit" and the rest of us are still none the wiser as to where the outbreak came from or if it is likely to happen again!
Welcome to Britain under new Labour, the rich get richer and the poor get Turkey Twizzlers.
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