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Tyson Foods Statement on Avian Influenza in Tennessee

Updated March 16, 2017

We addressed a case of avian influenza at a single breeder farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee on March 4, 2017. As part of the follow-up monitoring process, it was determined that a second, nearby farm also has been affected by the virus. The second farm also contracts with our company.

We’ve coordinated with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to quickly respond and euthanize the chickens on this farm to prevent the potential spread of disease.

This a bird health issue and not a food safety or human health concern.

All flocks located within a six-mile radius of the original farm will be tested and will not be transported unless they test negative for the virus. We don’t expect disruptions to our chicken business and plan to meet our customers’ needs.

All of our U.S. poultry operations continue to operate under heightened biosecurity as a result of outbreaks that affected the poultry industry in the U.S. in 2015, and we continue to communicate best practices to all farmers who contract with us.

Additional information about avian influenza is available from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture


Media Contact: Worth Sparkman, 479-290-6358, worth.sparkman@tyson.com