Bernard Matthews has defended his company's actions during the recent outbreak of avian flu at one of its farms in Suffolk.

Writing in the Daily Mirror, Matthews said: "There has been absolutely no cover-up at our end. I've been upset about allegations that we may have withheld information. That is completely untrue.”

"Let me be absolutely clear - it's my name on the packet and I wouldn't let it go out to the shelves if I thought there was anything wrong with it,” he said.

Meanwhile, two consignments of Bernard Matthews meat which were being held temporarily because they could have contained meat from a restricted zone in Hungary have been cleared for sale.