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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

Avian flu kills more than 61 million birds, but CDC still sees only a slight threat to humans

November 8, 2023 from the FoodSafetyNews.com:

"After a summer pause, the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) epidemic in the United States resumed last month, first as a single event, then as a cluster of cases, and it is now spreading across at least 14 states.

"The new outbreak cases first took the dead bird total to over 60 million, then the new spike went to over 61 million, and it continues to grow. It now includes a commercial table egg layer operation that counts its loses at 940,000 birds in Wright County, MN. The virus last hit a commercial egg facility in Weld County, CO, on Dec. 20, 2022.

"Commercial turkey operations have been prominent among the new outbreaks.

"Since the summer pause, HPAI was detected in 25 commercial flocks in October and at least six more already in November. Detections were reported in 19 backyard flocks in October and four more in November.

"Commercial and backyard flocks must be kept from contact with wild birds to stem the HPAI spread. State and federal officials ask that they be immediately notified whenever birds are sick or experiencing unusual deaths."


Bird flu resumes in the Upper Midwest

October 23, 2023 from the FoodSafetyNews.com:

"Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has returned to the Upper Midwest of the United States with a vengeance. After a break from spring through early fall, new case reports are stacking up for commercial flocks.

"The new bird flu reports include the following:

"The discovery of bird flu in a commercial flock usually results in “depopulation,” meaning the impacted birds must all be euthanized

"With the state’s first case since March 2023, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation on Oct. 20 for the new bird flu cases. Her action permits the state to track, monitor, detect, contain, dispose and disinfect the virus.

"Iowa lost 15 million birds to bird flu in 2022 through March 2023.

"Scientists say some wild birds have developed immunity to bird flu, which is seen as an encouraging sign. Since wild birds have spread flu around the globe, immunity might lessen the spread in the future.

"HPAI has infected commercial poultry, totaling more than 59 million in 47 states since 2022. In April 2022, just one person who recovered was inflected with HPAI."

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