First case of Bird Flu de­tected in East­ern Cape

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - STAFF REPORTER

Sov­er­eign Food In­vest­ments Ltd an­nounced yes­ter­day that it has de­tected avian in­fluenza (AI) at a sin­gle layer house on a farm that forms part of the Com­pany’s broader Uiten­hage op­er­a­tions.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 5 000 birds have been culled, which rep­re­sent ap­prox­i­mately 1% of Uiten­hage’s pro­duc­tion pipe­line,” the com­pany said in a me­dia re­lease to­day.

“Sov­er­eign Foods’ man­age­ment is cur­rently tak­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate steps and fol­low­ing the pre­scribed pro­to­cols to pre­vent AI from spread­ing to other farms. The Hart­beespoort op­er­a­tion in Gaut­eng re­mains un­af­fected.”

Sov­er­eign Foods was started in 1948 as a fam­ily busi­ness in the Rock­lands Val­ley near the town of Uiten­hage and is still based in and around the Rock­lands and Uiten­hage re­gion. In 1991, the Com­pany was sold to an in­vest­ment group and sub­se­quently listed on the JSE. In 2007, the Com­pany was elected as one of the Top 20 JSE-listed com­pa­nies in South Africa, on the back of strong fi­nan­cial growth. To­day, Sov­er­eign Foods re­mains one of the ma­jor poul­try pro­duc­ers in Africa.

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