In response to recent news that there has been new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) detected in Minnesota, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach urges diligence for turkey producers to ensure the disease is contained.

If you are a consumer, know that this disease presents a very low risk to the public, and does not pose a food safety risk. The turkey products you find on grocery store shelves are nutritious and safe regardless of this outbreak. If you are a producer, there are resources available to you to prepare and respond to an outbreak. Do not hesitate to reach out to my office if my staff and I can be helpful.

If you are a consumer, you can find more information on the health impacts of HPAI at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website

If you are a grower, please visit the USDA website and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website to see their resources.

In the meantime, it is advised you take these steps:

  1. Limit outside contact to your flock,
  2. Implement biosecurity control measures for outside disease vectors like pests and wild birds,
  3. Clean and disinfect everything,
  4. Remain cautious over changes in behavioral patterns and mortality rates of your flock, and
  5. Review and update security protocols:

               USDA Defend the Flock - Biosecurity 101
               U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Biosecurity Resources
               Iowa State University Poultry Biosecurity Resources
               University of Georgia Biosecurity Basics for Poultry Growers
               National Poultry Improvement Plans

You can visit the National Turkey Federation website for more information on Avian Influenza, it's current status, available resources for producers, and more.