December 15, 1990. Frustrated egg producers and environmental health experts say rising food poisoning cases are conclusive proof that the flock slaughter policy is unnecessary. Now they are appealing to the government to drop the controversial scheme which was started two years ago and has resulted in nearly two million culled birds. Richard North, food safety consultant and independent environmental health officer, says the sharp rise in the number of salmonella poisoning cases is baffling experts and "the problem is not helped by the government fudging figures to mask the extent of the outbreaks." {{COUNTERPOINT }}