Cage-free birds in England that were kept indoors to prevent exposure to avian flu strains in Europe are now free to roam again, BBC reports.

All poultry in England will be allowed outside again from Thursday, having been kept indoors to protect them from an infectious strain of bird flu. The government has carried out a new assessment of the risk they had of becoming infected by wild birds.

The move brings the rules for poultry in higher-risk areas in line with the rest of England. Normally-free range eggs have had to carry labels making it clear birds have been kept inside for their welfare. Those stickers will no longer be needed after Thursday.

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