Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Bird flu found in popular chicken nugget brand

Bird flu found in popular chicken nugget brand

Testing was done by state and federal laboratories, confirming the presence of H7 HPAI.

It was the first confirmed case of H7 strain in the United States this year and the first ever in Tennessee, government officials said. The company manages all the commercial facilities in the region.

Tennessee has more than 1,650 commercial broiler and breeding operations on more than 550 family farms, ranking 13th nationally in broiler production, the Tennessee Poultry Association told the Associated Press.

The USDA detected bird flu in wild duck in Montana, in January, that appeared to match one of the strains also found in the 2014 and 2015 outbreak.

Agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found a strain of the bird flu virus at a facility that supplies Tyson foods.

"Birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease". Last year, an outbreak of bird flu in IN prompted officials to order the deaths of more than 400,000 chickens and turkeys. This included both Alabama and Georgia. However, health officials have confirmed that the risk of the disease spreading to people or food is minimal. It has been importing eggs from the United States. After discovery of the news, Sanderson Farms (SAFM - Free Report) and Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC - Free Report) are heightening their bio-security. Shere said it's possible the birds could have contracted the flu from a nearby pond where migrating water fowl were known to visit. Rose Acre Farms has also sounded an alert and increased the risk levels to "tightest you can get". "The shoes that we put on once we go inside the buildings, they stay inside the buildings". This is applicable for vehicles that are coming from an area that is infected.

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Tyson Foods said the farm is owned by an individual who contracts with the company.

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According to the USDA, almost 73,000 chickens had to be euthanized at the Tennessee facility.

Measures to contain the virus have already been undertaken.

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