Bird flu returns
February 9, 2007
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I’ve talked dismissively of bird flu before and my position hasn’t changed, so what I’m about to say is more of a quizzical wonderingment rather than "argh! We’re all going to die!" In a News 24 report earlier, the news that the bird flu virus may have reached the human food chain was followed by the advice that if poultry is properly cooked the virus will be killed. This is perfectly true. But the report was illustrated with a range of Bernard Matthews products, one of which appeared to be a turkey caesar salad.
OK. Presumably the meat was cooked in the plant, thereby killing the virus. But presumably it was also packaged in the plant, and this product is designed to be eaten straight from the packaging. What risk of cross-contamination within the factory post-cooking? I’m not speculating, I honestly don’t know. *puzzlement*