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Major Bird Flu Outbreak Shuts Down U.S. Largest Fresh Egg Producer

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., recognized as the country’s largest producer of fresh eggs, announced on Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended operations at one of its major facilities located in Parmer County, Texas.

This drastic measure comes in the wake of a detected outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The outbreak has led to the culling of approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets.

This action represents about 3.6% of Cal-Maine Foods’ total flock as of early March 2024, marking a significant loss for the company and the egg industry as a whole.

Cal-Maine released the following statement:

Cal-Maine today reported that one of the Company’s facilities located in Parmer County, Texas, tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (“HPAI”), resulting in depopulation of approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets, or approximately 3.6% of the Company’s total flock as of March 2, 2024.

Production at the facility has temporarily ceased as the Company follows the protocols prescribed by the USDA. Cal-Maine Foods is working to secure production from other facilities to minimize disruption to its customers.

The Company remains dedicated to robust biosecurity programs across its locations; however, no farm is immune from HPAI. HPAI is still present in the wild bird population and the extent of possible future outbreaks, with heightened risk during the migration seasons, cannot be predicted. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the human health risk to the U.S. public from HPAI viruses is considered to be low. Also, according to the USDA, HPAI cannot be transmitted through safely handled and properly cooked eggs. There is no known risk related to HPAI associated with eggs that are currently in the market and no eggs have been recalled.

The Company continues to work closely with federal, state and local government officials and focused industry groups to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks and effectively manage the response.

The APHIS division of the USDA and individual states track and publicly report individual incidents of HPAI by location. The Company will provide updated information in its next quarterly report to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and does not expect to provide interim updates unless material.

WATCH:

We previously reported that experts have cautioned that a bird flu pandemic may be looming on the horizon, one that could be catastrophic on a scale ‘100 times worse than Covid-19.’

During a recent briefing, scientists highlighted the increasing risk of the H5N1 bird flu strain turning into a pandemic.

The meeting, attended by leading bird flu researchers, medical professionals, and government officials, was convened in response to the human bird flu case and organized by John Fulton, a vaccine consultant and pharmaceutical industry expert, according to Daily Mail.

“This appears to be 100 times worse than Covid, or it could be if it mutates and maintains its high case fatality rate,” said Fulton. “Once it’s mutated to infect humans, we can only hope that the [fatality rate] drops.”

Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi, a notable figure in bird flu research, warned of the virus’s potential for a pandemic, highlighting its global distribution and ability to infect a variety of mammals, including humans.

According to the World Health Organization, the H5N1 fatality rate stands at an alarming 52 percent, a stark contrast to the less than 0.1 percent mortality rate of Covid-19. The concern is that if H5N1 becomes easily transmitted among humans while maintaining its high fatality rate, the consequences could be dire.

READ 44 COMMENTS
  • Helen says:

    Depopulation??????? Call it what it is, you morons. YOU ARE KILLING CHICKENS BECAUSE YOU SCREWED UP! FACTORY FARMING CREATES ALL KINDS OF DISEASES . . . . . BIRD FLU IS JUST CONVENIENT AND, OF COURSE, GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED!

  • Meee says:

    You have to wonder not yet another out break of something and yet again Bird Flu hitting the chickens and eggs AGAIN! Have to wonder if it is all done on purpose by a WH that is hell-bent on killing everything good about America. Another pandemic that can mutate to HUMANS! That would be what Biden wants. He wants us all inside our homes under arrest again so we can not vote by showing up. Biden the Communist can steal another election by mail-in votes. Put our kids further back educationally. Make America uneducated, easy to take over, then. A Democratic Gov was asked why his state sent out thousands more mail-in votes than residents in his state? He had no answer, well, no answer he would tell the reporter. I bet all the other Dem States did the same thing because of the evidence of millions of mail-in ballots in warehouses, rivers, and dumps. Wow, all this took under 4 yrs to undermine everything we are. Most Americans are brainwashed by mass medias and social medias controlling what you hear and read, just like the Russian citizens and the Chinese citizens.

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