Jennie-O turkey supply chain hit with avian influenza

The issue involves one farm operation in Minnesota
calendar icon 28 March 2022
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Jennie-O Turkey Store announced that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in its supply chain. The issue currently involves one farm operation in Minnesota.

Migratory waterfowl have been the primary carriers of HPAI, ultimately exposing domestic poultry to the virus. While farms supplying turkeys to Jennie-O Turkey Store have not had any confirmed cases until now, many regions, producers and companies have been impacted since February. Cases have included numerous chicken and turkey commercial farms, as well as smaller backyard flocks.

In the company notice, Jennie-O Turkey Store said it has been preparing for this situation and took extensive precautions to protect the health of the turkeys in its supply chain.

The company said it will continue to work with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as well as poultry industry associations on this issue.

The USDA and the National Turkey Federation are monitoring and responding to the situation.

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