This report on AI, provided by United Egg Producers, summarizes the 2015 outbreak for elected officials, community leaders, egg customers and other interested parties.
In the spring of 2015, more than 12 percent of America’s egg laying hens (35 million) were affected by an AI outbreak which disrupted egg production and the availability of eggs. While it took several months, U.S. egg farmers worked diligently to restore the egg supply to pre-AI levels. Since the 2015 AI outbreak, U.S. egg farmers have made significant increases to biosecurity measures on their farms to protect their flocks. Comprehensive disease prevention protocols on commercial egg farms include, but are not limited to, restricting farm access, preventing hens from exposure to wild and migratory birds, increasing veterinary monitoring of flocks and using protective gear at all times. For examples, see this information on disease prevention from United Egg Producers.
Egg industry thanks public for support during crisis (A commentary in Feedstuffs FoodLink by Chad Gregory, president and chief executive officer of the United Egg Producers)
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