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Media cites Jennie-O linked to infected farm.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:22 pm 
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2nd case of avian flu confirmed, Jennie-O affected
KARE 11 Staff and Associated Press, Associated Press 4:59 p.m. EDT March 27, 2015
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MINNEAPOLIS - A second case of avian flu has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota -- one that has affected the Jennie-O Turkey Store.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the presence of avian flu was found in a flock of 66,000 turkeys in Lac Qui Parle County, which provides turkeys to the Jennie-O Turkey Store.

"The affected turkeys make up only a fraction of one percent of the company's supply chain, and will not affect our ability to serve our customers," said Glenn R. Leitch, president of Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Turkey products sold in grocery stores and restaurants are safe to eat, according to officials.

The CDC says the risk to people from avian flu in wild bird, backyard flocks and commercial poultry are low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time.


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Nearly 15,000 MN turkeys die in avian flu episode

A high strain of avian influenza struck a Pope County turkey farm earlier this month, killing 15,000 birds in about a week.

That led to more than 40 countries moving to ban poultry imports from Minnesota.


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More than 40 countries ban Minnesota poultry

The USDA said the affected property and turkeys have been quarantined in the most recent case and the surviving birds will be killed, in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

Officials say birds from the flock won't enter the food supply.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also working with poultry workers in Lac Qui Parle County to ensure the proper precautions are taken.

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/ ... /70553622/

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