Danish authorities confiscate Christmas ducks from unlicensed farm

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) has confiscated up to 200 birds from a poultry farm that sold ducks, geese and turkeys without the correct authorisation.

Danish authorities confiscate Christmas ducks from unlicensed farm
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The agency confirmed in a press statement on Friday that it had taken possession of the poultry after receiving a tipoff from a consumer.

100 birds have already been sold by the farm, despite it not having the necessary permits required to slaughter and sell poultry, according to information provided by its owner to authorities.

Over 200 frozen turkeys, ducks and geese were found without obligatory production dates marked on them at the farm at Kilegårdsvej in Esbjerg, western Jutland.

The owner had also failed to carry out necessary risk assessments and standards checks legally required to operate the business.

People who have purchased ducks and other poultry from the farm are advised to throw them away or return them.

No information was given as to whether the unauthorised food products constitute any safety risk.

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‘Santa Claus can come to Denmark’: Health chief’s Christmas news for kids

The director of the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen), Søren Brostrøm, has taken to Twitter to reassure the public that Covid-19 restrictions won’t prevent Father Christmas from delivering gifts to Denmark.

'Santa Claus can come to Denmark': Health chief’s Christmas news for kids
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Brostrøm, who has become a recognisable figure in the country due to his consistent presence at government Covid-19 briefings, responded on social media after he said he was asked how Danish coronavirus rules would affect Santa Claus.

“A member of the public has written and asked whether I can give Santa an exemption from quarantine rules so he is free to travel to Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

“We all know he is busy on Christmas Eve delivering all the presents to the children, so it’s no good if he has to self-isolate for several days,” the health authority director continued.

“As all children (and adults) know, Santa Claus lives in Greenland! And because Greenland is part of the (Danish) kingdom, there are neither entry restrictions nor isolation requirements when he arrives in Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

Santa’s chosen means of travel also enables him to avoid Danish requirements to wear a face mask when using public transportation, the health director noted.

“If Santa – as I expect – travels with his own reindeer and sleigh, I would say he is exempted from the face mask requirement which applies on the plane from Greenland,” he wrote.

Should Father Christmas need a negative coronavirus test to be able to get home after delivering his presents, the Danish Health Authority will “help (him) to book an appointment at a test centre,” he concluded.

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