Britain's poultry industry has received a political boost after the farming minister said she had been impressed with the careful treatment of the birds throughout her visit to Lincolnshire, according to the British Poultry Council.

“I’ve really enjoyed the experience,” said Jane Kennedy, DEFRA’s minister for farming, after the visit. “I’ve had a look at the whole poultry food chain from farm to fork. It’s been extremely interesting and it’s given me the chance to understand some of the business pressures on the different sectors, especially the organic farmers.”


The visit, organized by the British Poultry Council on Feb. 4, came just a week after she announced plans to implement Europe's first comprehensive welfare rules for chickens raised for meat.