News A tweet showing Russian artist Viktor Ivanov's bear fashioned from cuts of chicken.

The photo of a bear put together using clumps of meat is almost enough to put you off Christmas dinner

Hillsdown sticks with diverse menu

Little more than a year into the job of chief executive of Hillsdown Holdings, the food and housebuilding conglomerate, and George Greener is already speaking glowingly about his new charge. His sentences are studded with management gobbledegook such as "economic value added", "mutuality of benefit" and the dreaded "core competencies".

Letter: Chickens unfit for consumption

Sir: Imported American chickens may pose a serious health risk (report, 3 April) but I fear that the situation may be little better with British chickens. Recent reports have shown that anything between 33 per cent and 50 per cent of British chickens are contaminated with either salmonella or campylobacter, the two main sources of food poisoning in this country.

LETTER:Hunt for tasty turkey eggs

Sir: In answer to Judy Allen's inquiry about why we do not eat turkey eggs, one can only wonder if they are being fed to the other species of birds in the interests of the mass production of meat and eggs. Perhaps that is why we have salmonella in eggs and poultry. The vegans must have a point.

Ivory Towers: Sex, quails and videotape

WHAT makes a Japanese quail sexually excited? Ever since Pavlov made his dogs slaver at the mouth by ringing a bell, psychologists have been fascinated by the subject of conditioning. By setting up an association between noise and food, Pavlov could excite his dogs' appetites by noise alone. Since then, countless experiments have been done using light or sound to make experimental animals think of food or pain. The latest contribution involves sex and the Japanese quail and a terrycloth with a stuffed quail's head on top.

Matthews' wings clipped: Bird-dumping slashes profits at poultry group

DUMPING of birds by US and Continental European producers helped drive down profits at Bernard Matthews, the poultry group.

Injury claim

Nine poultry workers began a claim for personal injury compensation against Bernard Matthews, the Norfolk poultry company, at Norwich County Court. The workers say monotonous production line work has led to repetitive strain injury.

City File: The write-off season

THE write-off season continues next week when Hillsdown Foods reports. David Lang of Henderson Crosthwaite reckons write-offs could amount to more than pounds 150m, mostly goodwill from some of Hillsdown's acquisitions over the years.

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