Source: WDBJ7 

Dr. Charlie Broaddus, Virginia’s state veterinarian, assures consumers that diseased birds do not enter the food supply amidst growing concerns over Avian Flu. He emphasizes the rigorous inspection process for poultry, ensuring only birds that test negative for influenza proceed to processing plants. While non-commercial chicken owners face a slightly higher risk, fully cooking poultry and eggs inactivates the virus.

Historical patterns suggest the current Avian Flu cycle will diminish over several years. Dr. Broaddus advises practicing good biosecurity, such as keeping domestic birds away from waterfowl and washing hands before and after handling chickens. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) offers biosecurity guidelines, and farmers should report any sudden bird deaths for testing.

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