The main restriction measures in four departments in the southwest were lifted on Thursday due to the lower risk associated with avian flu.
“Given the hygiene work carried out on the farms and the observation that the virus does not persist, the reinforced surveillance zone, which included part of the Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Gers and Lot-et-Garonne, will be closed on the 10th,” said the Ministry of Agriculture in a press release.
“Almost the entire southwest is free from avian flu and the restrictions that have been in place in the affected communities for several months have been lifted,” the statement said. The risk level has been considered “negligible” in the entire metropolitan region since May 28th.
No new outbreak in breeding has been detected in France since April 28, and no case in wild animals since May 3, the ministry said.
The H5N8 virus, which is found in migratory birds, spread this winter in farms in southwest France known for producing foie gras. Its progress was eventually halted at the expense of the – often preventive – slaughter of more than 3.5 million poultry, mostly ducks.
This episode led to prolonged production stops for growers and disadvantaged producers of raw materials.