Poultry Food Safety
Experts agree that avian influenza does NOT affect human health or food safety. That being said, events like an avian flu outbreak does help raise awareness about the importance of safe food production, handling, and preparation. These resources are here to help.
Can Avian Influenza Be Passed in Eggs? — iGrow, a Service of South Dakota State University Extension — Reviews the facts, including tips for safe handling and cooking of eggs.
Freezing Eggs — American Egg Board — Get tips for freezing eggs safely. This is a great strategy when you want to purchase eggs while the price is low, or have an overabundant supply.
Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks: Produce, Sell, and Cook It Safe — iGrow, a Service of South Dakota State University Extension — Reviews considerations for the farm, slaughter and processing facilities, and consumers.
USDA Questions and Answers: Food Safety and Avian Influenza — United States Department of Agriculture — Get answers to the most common food safety questions related to avian influenza.
Eggs: Food Safety Tips — Procedures for safely preparing and eating eggs, and avoiding foodborne illness.
Food Safety Checklist for Farm Fresh Eggs — Food safety checklist to get cracking with "farm" or "yard" fresh chicken eggs.
Meat and Fish — Get information on canning, freezing, pickling, grilling, and cooking meat and poultry.
Food Safety — Iowa State University Extension — Explore trainings, topics, educational materials, and more from Iowa Extension.
Food Safety — iGrow, a Service of South Dakota State University Extension — Get articles on the latest news and research, food safety and preservation, and more from South Dakota Extension.
Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in Humans — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Although the avian flu does not usually infect humans, rare cases of infection have been reported from those with close contact with infected birds.