United States: Bird flu detected in sick dairy cow but USDA says meat is safe

Published May 27, 2024

Tridge summary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the detection of bird flu in beef, specifically in one of 96 dairy cows that were previously removed from supply due to signs of illness. Despite this, the agency assures that beef remains safe to consume, as cooking it to the required internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.9 Celsius) kills the virus, similar to how it inactivates E. coli and other germs. The bird flu has been confirmed in dairy herds across nine states, leading to the culling of millions of chickens and turkeys, but it was not detected in ground beef samples tested last month. While the risk to the public is low, farm workers who are in close contact with infected animals are more likely to fall ill. Only two human cases of bird flu have been reported in the U.S. since the outbreak began in 2022, with symptoms being mild and both patients fully recovering.
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The bird flu virus was first detected in beef, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday, but officials said meat from the dairy cow was not allowed disease will enter the country's food supply and that beef remains safe for consumption. The USDA explained that the virus was detected in tests carried out on 96 dairy cows that were removed from supply because federal inspectors detected signs of illness during routine inspections of animals slaughtered at meat processing plants. Avian flu was only detected in one of those cows. The presence of bird flu has been confirmed in dairy herds in nine states, has been detected in milk, and has led to the slaughter of millions of chickens and turkeys. But its discovery in beef is new since the disease outbreak began in 2022. ADVERTISEMENT The agency said last month it would test ground beef for bird flu in retail stores, but has yet to find any traces of the virus. Even if bird flu ended up in consumers' beef, the USDA says ...
Source: Agromeat
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