Saturday, March 18, 2006

Japanese executive arrested for hiding bird flu infections

(The Nation (Thailand) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)TOKYO - Japanese police arrested the former owner of an egg company for allegedly covering up bird flu infections, reports said Saturday.

Taiyo Saito, 66, former chairman of IKN Egg farms Co. was accused of colluding with other veterinarians at the company to obstruct official inspections of chickens for avian flu, Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported.

Police suspect Saito, the fifth former worker at the company to be arrested, replaced chickens from two farms in Ibaraki prefecture that were to be inspected with birds from other farms.

Ibaraki is the prefecture most affected by bird flu. Since the first case was found in June last year, infections have been found in another 40 poultry farms and some 3.26 million birds have been slaughtered.

Posted by john T. on 03/18 at 04:48 PM
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