Jennie-O-Turkey plant struck by bird flu

The deadly H5N2 strain of avian influenza has hit a ninth turkey farm in Minnesota--this one belonging to Jennie-O-Turkey, a division of Hormel Foods ($HRL). Only one of the facility's 12 barns has been infected so far, and the USDA is working with the company on a strategy for preventing the disease from spreading, according to the Associated Press. This is the first Jennie-O facility to test positive for the virus, though three cases have been confirmed among the company's independent contractors. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota met with state and federal officials on Wednesday to discuss containment strategies, in an effort to protect the local turkey industry. Article

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