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Tesco says bird flu scare hit poultry sales

by 5m Editor
26 April 2006, at 12:00am

UK - The biggest retailer in the country, Tesco, said on Tuesday its poultry sales fell 5 percent when the first case of bird flu was confirmed in Britain earlier this month. The hit came in the week when a wild swan was found dead in Scotland from the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, Tesco Chief Executive Terry Leahy told a press conference following the company&#39;s annual results. The government confirmed on April 6 that the virulent strain had been found in the mute swan, making it the 14th country in the European Union to find the disease in its territory. &quot;It was the week before Easter too so we had a lot of fresh turkeys coming into the business. We actually honoured all of the orders and took all the product -- some retailers I&#39;m told cancelled orders. &quot;But it sold through okay, so we didn&#39;t have a big problem selling it 10 days later,&quot; he added. <i>Source: Reuters</i>

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