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Experts: U.S. poultry biosecurity is good

by 5m Editor
17 November 2005, at 12:00am

US - Purdue University scientists say corporate control of food production might be a key component in preventing a U.S. outbreak of avian influenza. Since nearly all commercial U.S. poultry production is company-managed, production processes are safer and more efficient, said Todd Applegate, Purdue extension poultry specialist. While wild fowl carrying the influenza virus could enter the United States, Applegate said it`s unlikely those birds could come in contact with commercially raised poultry. &#39;The typical company owns their own parent stock ... that lay the eggs that are then transferred to a company-owned hatchery,&#39; Applegate said. &#39;Once a bird is hatched from the company-owned hatchery, it is usually transported to another contracted producer. &#39;At the end of the production period, the company comes and collects the birds from that farm and takes them to a processing facility that they own themselves.&#39; Applegate says the U.S. poultry industry`s overall biosecurity measures are tight, with visitors not allowed onto the farms and the transfer of equipment from one farm to another is limited. <i>Source: Monsters and Critics.com</i>

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