There has been a steep drop-off in detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) across the country compared to last year's peaks, but USDA officials and poultry industry groups have no plans to relax precautions.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is approving the emergency use of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) vaccine to prevent further deaths of the critically endangered California condor.
In an effort to increase egg supplies ahead of the Easter holiday, the National Chicken Council has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration seeking regulatory changes to allow “surplus” hatchery eggs be permitted in the food supply.
Industry analysts say consumers should not expect egg prices to return to lower levels due to the sustained impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak, which is proving worse than the one experienced in 2014-15.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has now spread to 14 states and more than 7.6 million birds, with the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s announcement that a commercial layer flock in Wisconsin had been infected.