Wild fowl was last night taken off the menu at a Birmingham restaurant amid growing concerns about avian flu.
The decision made by bosses of the City Inn hotel's City Cafe Birmingham restaurant in Brunswick Square, Brindleyplace, angered poultry farmers desperate to reassure people that their produce was safe to consume.
Carl Littlewood, general manager of City Inn Birmingham, said the decision had been taken as a precautionary measure.
"City Cafe Birmingham regards traceability as a key factor and prides itself on always offering well-sourced products.
"Purely as a precautionary measure, we have decided not to include any wild fowl on our menus for the forseeable future," he said.
"However all our poultry comes from the UK and is totally traceable. On the basis of current scientific evidence available from Defra, avian flu does not pose a food safety risk for any consumer.
"However, we have taken this stance purely as a precautionary measure."
Poultry farmer David Mills said the announcement was "a negative step".
"There is no problem with wild fowl," he said.
"There has been no problem with the chicken in this country. People do not eat raw chicken and the raw product is not infected as it is a disease of the respiratory system of the bird and does not affect the meat.
"The process of cooking any meat, if done properly, will kill all viruses."
The news came after a suspected outbreak of the virus was found in poultry in France.
Tests confirmed the virus was the H5 strain but French agriculture minister Dominique Bussereau said more tests were needed to determine if the case involved the deadly H5N1 strain.
Yesterday, the Government awarded #33 million contracts to British pharmaceutical firms Chiron and Baxter to make 3.5 million doses of a vaccine to protect humans against the H5N1 strain.
Health Minister Rosie Winterton said: "Building a stockpile will allow us to carry out more research and could be offered as a possible first line of defence for NHS workers while the exact vaccine to match the pandemic flu strain is manufactured."