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France Culls Poultry in Home of Foie Gras to Fight Bird Flu

  • Government orders cull in southwest, home of foie-gras sector
  • Outbreak of disease in Europe risks higher chicken prices
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French poultry farmers face a mass cull of their flocks for a second straight year as a bird flu crisis deepens across Europe.

The government on Thursday ordered poultry and waterfowl in parts of the southwest -- home to France’s famed foie gras industry -- to be killed to help stop the spread of the disease. That follows a severe outbreak that claimed about 3.5 million poultry, mainly ducks, between autumn 2020 and spring 2021.