Disease control and outbreaks
Avian influenza (bird flu)
Status as of 20 April 2023
Mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds, which were introduced across England and Wales to help stop the spread of bird flu have been lifted (unless in a Protection Zone).
The decision means that from 18 April, eggs laid by hens with access to outside range areas can return to being marketed as ‘Free-Range’ eggs.
However, scrupulous standards of biosecurity remain essential.
- Check what zone you’re in on the bird flu disease zone map - by law, you must follow the rules for the zone that you’re in.
- Details of bird flu zone rules
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