“At this point, I cannot tell you how this situation came to be”, admitted on Franceinfo Sunday November 22 the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, while France is facing a first case of Covid-19 contamination in one of its four mink farms, in Eure-et-Loir.
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“All health and biosecurity measures have been taken”, he assures, specifying that France faces a “very different situation from Denmark”, where a mutant version of the coronavirus was detected in farms in early November. A discovery which results in the slaughter of more than 15 million animals. “In France, we only have 20,000 aims, in four farms. We follow them on a case-by-case basis with great precision”, continues Julien Denormandie.
“The protection of our fellow citizens requires us to take these health measures”, he justifies about the slaughter of 1,000 mink from the contaminated farm. The breeders will “obviously compensated for the losses they suffer”, specifies Julien Denormandie. The ministry is still awaiting the results of the analyzes for two French farms, and the results of the sequencing of the virus detected in the contaminated farm to determine whether a Covid-19 mutation has occurred.