Officials in the Netherlands have told farmers they no longer have to keep their free-range poultry indoors.
The government ordered birds inside towards the end of August as a precautionary measure to protect flocks against contracting avian influenza from migratory birds flying in from the Russian Federation, where cases of the disease have been detected.
The Dutch ban was reversed following a warning by the European Commission that if flocks stayed indoors for longer than six weeks, the meat and eggs produced from them could not be sold as free range.