Avian flu found in Jennie-O Turkey Store supplier’s flock

Influenza (AIHP) has been confirmed in a commercial flock of turkeys in Meeker County, Minnesota, which supplies Jennie-O Turkey Store, a business unit of Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minnesota. Another case of HPAI was also found in a backyard. herd in Mower County, Minnesota.

State officials have quarantined affected farms and herds will be depopulated, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The two confirmed cases of HPAI, which were disclosed March 26, bring the total number of cases to 61 since February 8, when a case was announced in a commercial flock of turkeys in Dubois, Ind.

“Jennie-O Turkey Store has prepared for this situation and taken many precautions to protect the health of turkeys in its supply chain,” the company said. “Jennie-O Turkey Store will continue to work with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Minnesota Animal Health Board, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and food associations. poultry industry on this issue. The USDA and the National Federation of Turkey are monitoring and responding to the situation and reminding consumers that HPAI does not pose a food safety concern. »

In addition to Minnesota and Indiana, other cases of HPAI have been confirmed in commercial poultry flocks in Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, of South Dakota and Wisconsin. More than 14 million birds, from commercial and backyard flocks, have been depopulated since the outbreak began.

Confirmation of HPAI in the United States has affected egg product markets. Prices for some dried egg products jumped more than $1 a pound, or about 20%, last week and are up more than 30% since the start of March. In some cases, Break Egg prices jumped as much as 50% for the week and were up 70% to 85% from the start of the month.

The price increases were the largest week-over-week gains at least since another HPAI outbreak in 2014-15. Prices then rose to levels well above current values, but some expected prices in trade could challenge 2015 levels.

Most of the egg product price increases in 2015 occurred from mid-May to mid-August. This year’s advances are happening earlier and coinciding with increased demand ahead of the Easter holiday, although the uptick in demand for Easter eggs hasn’t been as noticeable in recent years. The price increases also come at a time when the supply of dried eggs is already tight, and some analysts have speculated that panic buying was behind the strong gains due to uncertainty over supplies in the markets. coming weeks.