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Bird Flu Outbreak Forces Egg Producer to Cull Millions

Bird Flu Outbreak Forces Egg Producer to Cull Millions
Bird Flu Outbreak Forces Egg Producer to Cull Millions

The largest egg producer in the United States, Cal-Maine Foods, has temporarily suspended operations at a Texas facility due to an outbreak of bird flu in chickens. Approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets, representing 3.6% of the company's total flock, were culled after the avian influenza infection was confirmed.

The infected facility is located in Parmer County, Texas, near the New Mexico border. Cal-Maine supplies eggs primarily to the Southwestern, Southeastern, Midwestern, and mid-Atlantic regions of the country.

The company is collaborating with government officials and industry experts to mitigate future outbreaks and manage the situation effectively. Efforts are underway to secure production from alternative facilities to minimize customer disruption.

Despite the outbreak, Cal-Maine emphasizes that there is no known risk associated with eggs currently in circulation, and no recalls have been issued. Properly handled and cooked eggs remain safe for consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Texas outbreak follows the recent detection of bird flu in dairy cows in the state, as well as in Kansas, Michigan, and Idaho. This marks the first known case globally of a person contracting bird flu from a mammal, as a Texas resident was diagnosed after接触ing infected cows.

In Michigan, bird flu has been detected at a commercial poultry facility in Ionia County, marking the fourth such incident since 2022. The facility has been quarantined, and state officials do not anticipate disruptions to the supply chain. The type of poultry at the affected facility is not being disclosed due to state regulations.

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