Bird Flu Found In Everyday Food Item

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( – On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that there had been bird flu virus inactive fragments found in pasteurized milk. The FDA, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have pointed out that these remnants are not a representation of the actual virus and that there was no health risk to consumers. 

The FDA wrote regarding the pasteurization process that they have seen nothing that would indicate that the commercial milk supply is not safe. Scientists have also suggested that currently there is no evidence indicating that consuming this type of food could result in someone contracting the virus. 

North Carolina State University emeritus food microbiologist and virologist Lee-Ann Jaykus argued that there was currently no evidence to suggest that the fragments are an infectious virus and that the FDA is looking further into this. 

The FDA has been running tests across the nation but did not reveal which areas the positive samples had come from. 

The virus, known as Type A H5N1 has so far been found in cattle in a number of states including South Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Ohio. The virus has caused a lot of deaths in wild bird and animal populations across the U.S. and has even caused the death of sea lions in South America. For dairy cows, the most common symptom for dairy cows that have contracted the virus is a decrease in appetite and lactation. 

In the United States, there are two people who have been infected by the action. One is a Texas dairy worker who contracted it from an infected cow. 

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