Poultry Flocks, Food Supply Protected Against Avian Flu, Says Industry Web Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Commercial poultry flocks in the United States and the food products made from them are being carefully protected from avian influenza, said a group of food trade organizations on a revamped industry-sponsored Web site.

The Web site is sponsored by the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and Egg Safety Center; and is also supported by a grant from Elanco, a manufacturer of animal health products. The site, www.avianinfluenzainfo.com, has just been revised and relaunched to provide consumers with information on industry's precautions and response plans for avian influenza. Its offerings include industry information, consumer advice, news and comment on the issue.

Content also includes a video detailing industry precautions aimed at protecting poultry flocks, along with a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia.

"American consumers don't have to worry about getting avian flu virus from eating poultry that's been properly handled and cooked," said Doyle. "We know that if you properly cook poultry, it's safe."

Statements on the safety of poultry products from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization also appear on the site.
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