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Farbest Foods responds to new strain of HPAI

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Southwest Indiana turkey producers Farbest Foods says the company is working closely with state and federal officials to control the Highly Pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza found in one of the company’s turkey flocks.

In a release, the company says the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health have initiated the incident command response and will depopulate the remaining birds on the farm to prevent the spread of the virus.  Farbest president Ted Seger says the company’s surveillance protocol aided in the quick detection of the virus.  He says birds from the affected flock have not and will not enter the food system.

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat.  The Centers for Disease Control considers the risk of illness to humans to be very low.

Farbest Farms has more than 200 contract growers who raise nearly 15 million turkeys a year.

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