In good news for overstretched household budgets, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last week showed that the overall price of food dropped by 0.4 per cent from December to January. Yet food inflation was still 8 per cent, with products such as chicken, eggs and butter becoming more expensive.

Poultry costs are still being hammered by the war in Ukraine, where much of the UK’s feed grain is produced, and the recent threat from bird flu could mean even higher prices.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has said that the disease, which originated in poultry farms in Asia, has put all the UK’s native breeds of chicken, duck, geese and turkey in jeopardy.

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