Bird flu hits Grampian Foods

SCOTTISH firm Grampian Country Foods is facing a sales clampdown following the outbreak of bird flu in Thailand.

The European Union suspended all chicken imports from Thailand on Friday after the country revealed there had been two cases of humans catching the disease which has already ravaged bird flocks in other parts of Asia.

A spokesman for Grampian Country Foods - Scotland’s biggest private company - stressed that its site in Thailand, which processes more than 800,000 birds a week, was not linked to the cases. But the plant does export to other parts of Asia and also into Europe.

"We are trying to evaluate the situation on exports at the moment," said the spokesman.

The outbreak comes just weeks after Grampian Country Foods was named as a key target firm by the Thai government in its bid to encourage more foreign investment into the country.

Grampian Country Foods moved into Thailand in December 2001 when it bought Golden Foods International, based near Bangkok. The business was renamed Grampian Foods Siam and now has annual sales of more than 70m and employs 6,000 people.

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