You might have heard reports of the outbreak of H7N9, a strain of bird flu, in China. Best Food Facts wanted to know - can you get bird flu from eating poultry products?
We asked Scott Hurd, PhD, DVM, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, about the H7N9 strain of bird flu.
Dr. Scott Hurd
"We don't see this strain of flu in the U.S. at this time. Most all flus are spread by close contact with respiratory secretions (e.g. snot). If you're worried about getting bird flu, don't kiss your chicken. It's OK to continue to eat poultry products at this time. If you're worried about the safety of poultry products, please note that modern confinement, professionally-processed poultry is the safest."
Bottom Line: Birds from flocks affected with avian influenza do not enter the food system. Proper cooking and handling of poultry and eggs kills any virus, including avian influenza.
Best Food Facts extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Scott Hurd, who passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014.