Exports impacted by confirmation of avian influenza in Indiana


Exports impacted by confirmation of avian influenza in Indiana

Some importers have restricted entry of Hoosier poultry products after highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was discovered in Indiana.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says Taiwan has restricted poultry meat, meat products, and egg products from Indiana.

Mexico’s agriculture minister has said the country will also ban the entry of poultry products from Indiana.

And China and Korea have blocked non-heated poultry meat from the state.

Avian influenza was discovered on a commercial turkey farm last week in southern Indiana. Since then, 29,000 birds have been depopulated.

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says quarantine and testing of birds continue in the surrounding area.

Indiana’s poultry industry ranks third nationally in turkey production, first in duck production, second in table eggs and egg-laying chickens, and is a significant producer of broiler chickens. The poultry industry employs more than 14,000 Hoosiers and is valued at $2.5 billion.

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk. Poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked properly. No human cases of avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.

As of February 14th, there have been no additional cases reported.