Tyson Foods and McDonald’s have cut ties with a poultry farm that supplied chicken for its McNuggets after a Los-Angeles-based animal rights activist group published a video documenting cruelty and abusive practices on the farm.
While the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) came to a halt this summer, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is preparing for the potential recurrence in the fall.
It has been more than a month since the last case of avian influenza was detected in the US, but USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is not ready to declare the outbreak over, according to a recent interview he gave with the Associated Press.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed it found the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in a backyard mixed-poultry flock in Whitley County, Indiana. The flu strain is different from the HPAI H5N2 virus that has been detected in multiple states throughout the Mississippi flyway. The H5N8 strain had previously only been confirmed in the Pacific flyway.