Watch avian flu closely

Finweek English Edition - - Marketplace Simon Says -

Avian in­fluenza is ap­pear­ing all over South Africa. Most re­cently both RCL Foods and Quan­tum Foods re­ported out­breaks that have re­sulted in them culling a num­ber of birds (5% for RCL and 9% for Quan­tum). This has an im­me­di­ate im­pact in the form of the loss of birds but will also hit prof­its down the line as breed­ing stock is im­pacted. For now, the cri­sis is not threat­en­ing the in­dus­try and cer­tainly it will sur­vive, but share­hold­ers need to keep an eye on fu­ture out­breaks in case this does start to crip­ple the lo­cal in­dus­try.

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