U.S. poultry industry to test chickens

Jan 06, 2006

The U.S commercial chicken industry is taking steps to ensure the public that its chickens are safe to eat.

The National Chicken Council has started a testing program to make sure chicken flocks and the food products made from them are free of potentially hazardous forms of avian influenza.

"Through comprehensive testing covering all flocks, chicken companies will add another layer to the multiple barriers that already exist to protect Americans consumers and continue to ensure safety and quality of the food supply," said Stephen Pretanik, director of science and technology for the National Chicken Council.

H5N1, the highly pathogenic form of avian influenza causing fear of an influenza epidemic, has never occurred in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said.

Any flock found to have avian influenza in the H5 or H7 types will be promptly and humanely destroyed on the farm and disposed of in an environmentally acceptable manner, the NCC said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Creative activities outside work can improve job performance

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Sea otters can get the flu, too

Apr 08, 2014

Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for ...

Influenza virus in wild birds in Norway

Sep 12, 2013

Ducks and gulls are the natural hosts of influenza A virus. Ragnhild Tønnessen's PhD research project has characterised influenza A viruses in gulls and ducks in Norway.

Recommended for you

Creative activities outside work can improve job performance

1 hour ago

Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job, according to a new study by San Francisco State University organizational psychologist Kevin Eschleman ...

Performance measures for CEOs vary greatly, study finds

7 hours ago

As companies file their annual proxy statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this spring, a new study by Rice University and Cornell University shows just how S&P 500 companies have ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Down's chromosome cause genome-wide disruption

The extra copy of Chromosome 21 that causes Down's syndrome throws a spanner into the workings of all the other chromosomes as well, said a study published Wednesday that surprised its authors.