Sud Ouest reports that those in the sector are seeing buyers cut orders, with supermarkets and village butchers reducing what they buy as demand from the public crumbles.
At present there has been seven cases of bird flu H5N1 in the Dordogne, two in les Landes and one in Haute-Vienne, with increased bio-security measures put in place by the agriculture ministry - even the chasse has been stopped in some communes.
At least eight countries have banned poultry products from France, including Japan, which is France’s biggest export market for fois gras and South Korea who imported 844,000 chickens and 41,000 ducks from France between January and October.
Suppliers in the Dordogne are telling customers that it is safe to eat cooked poultry and eggs, as the virus dies with cooking over 70°C, but rumours have already spread and the industry is beginning to see an impact.
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