Avian Influenza Information
March 9, 2015
- still current as of May 2015
Protective actions against Avian Influenza in poultry safeguard the food supply and are in place to prevent exposure to other poultry flocks.
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Recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases have occurred in individual turkey flocks in states located within the Mississippi Flyway traveled by migratory wild birds that carry Avian Influenza.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the strain of Avian Influenza found in these cases does not pose immediate health risks to the public or to poultry plant workers.
Cooked poultry products remain safe, wholesome and nutritious. Birds on affected farms are no longer viable for sale and are prohibited from entering the marketplace.
The US turkey industry has strict biosecurity practices in place to help contain Avian Influenza. As part of this containment and eradication process, the industry works collaboratively with federal, state and local authorities when an outbreak occurs.
In HPAI cases, it is necessary to euthanize poultry with humane methods recommended by the federal government and approved by industry groups like the American Veterinary Medical Association. The birds are disposed of in a manner to ensure safety and to eliminate the potential spread of AI.
- The U.S. poultry industry works closely with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the US Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) to encourage all our trading partners to follow trade rules established by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). This generally limits restrictions to individual counties or states where AI is reported.