USDA officials recently briefed several agriculture groups on the government’s efforts to protect the
The Bush administration has pledged $7.1 billion -- $91 million is slated for animal agriculture – for those efforts. USDA has implemented numerous precautions to fight the H5N1 highly-pathogenic bird flu, which currently is plaguing
USDA points out that migratory birds generally don’t spread highly-pathogenic flu viruses and that the
Government and meat industry monitoring and testing efforts, along with USDA inspections at processing plants, practically ensure that avian influenza cannot enter the food supply.