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Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish a table showing for each county of England and Wales the number of salmonella enteritidis PT4 outbreaks among poultry, the number of birds slaughtered and the compensation paid, in 1990 to date.

Information in the form requested is not readily available. However a total of 49 flocks infected with salmonella enteritidis comprising 507,733 birds have so far been compulsorily slaughtered in 1990 at a cost in compensation of £551,509.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) under what circumstances antibiotic treatment of salmonella in poultry is now allowed; and if he will make a statement on the use of competitive exclusion products;(2) whether he intends to amend his salmonella control regulations in respect of poultry; if he will introduce an antibiotic treatment alternative for laying flocks; and if he will make a statement.