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US producers turn down bird flu vaccine fearing trade ban

$48 billion poultry industry on edge following 67 cases in France

8th January, 2016
No thanks to bird flu Pic: Getty

Determined to avoid a repeat of the nation’s worst-ever avian-influenza outbreak, the US Department of Agriculture is stockpiling up to 500 million doses of a new vaccine - but many in the $48 billion poultry industry don’t want it.

While turkey farmers hit hard by the most-recent outbreak support the shots, chicken producers say vaccinating even a portion of their flocks would prompt foreign buyers to ban imports.

Last year, commercial operations in...

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