Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Scandalous waste of public money.

The Bernard Matthews poultry company is to receive £600,000 compensation for its slaughtered turkeys. The birds were killed after last month's outbreak of avian flu. The firm, which has factories at Great Witchingham in Norfolkand Holton in Suffolk, was forced to kill 150,000 turkeys. News that the business is eligible for the huge payout has been condemned. Defra, theDepartment for Environment and Rural Affairs, has announced Bernard Matthews will get up to £4.38 compensation for each of the healthy birds culled. The Department says the company is entitled to the cash as the outbreak had not been caused deliberately. Liberal Democrat Shadow Defra Secretary, ChrisHuhne MP said: "Given what we know about the lapses of bio-security at Bernard Matthews' plant, talk of compensation at this stage seems woefully misplaced. "I would prefer it if Defra were talking about fines and throwing the book at Bernard Matthews for sloppy practices and risk-taking."

Why is this company being paid out of public funds? Doesn't he have insurance like everyone else? Scandalous!

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