Jennie-O Turkey Store announced today that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in its supply chain. The issue currently involves one farm operation in Minnesota.
Migratory waterfowl have been the primary carriers of HPAI, ultimately exposing domestic poultry to the virus. While farms supplying turkeys to Jennie-O Turkey Store have not had any confirmed cases until now, many regions, producers and companies have been impacted since February. Cases have included numerous chicken and turkey commercial farms, as well as smaller backyard flocks.
Jennie-O Turkey Store has been preparing for this situation and took extensive precautions to protect the health of the turkeys in its supply chain.
Jennie-O Turkey Store will continue to work with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as well as poultry industry associations on this issue. USDA and the National Turkey Federation are monitoring and responding to the situation and remind consumers that HPAI does not pose a food safety concern.
Jennie-O Turkey Store has had a significant number of farms in its supply chain in Minnesota impacted by the HPAI situation that is affecting many farms across the industry and the country.
An additional farm in Wisconsin has now also been impacted. Wisconsin had previous cases in chicken and backyard flocks, but this is the first turkey farm impacted.
This issue is not specific to Jennie-O and HPAI cases continue to climb with numerous other poultry farms and companies being impacted in dozens of states from Delaware and New York to Wyoming and Montana. Jennie-O Turkey Store farm suppliers are primarily located in Minnesota and Wisconsin.