With So Much Bird Flu Around, Are Eggs, Chicken, and Milk Still Safe to Consume?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

Recent outbreaks of bird flu—in US dairy herds, poultry farms in Australia, and elsewhere, and isolated cases in humans—have raised the issue of food safety.

So can the virus transfer from infected farm animals to contaminate milk, meat, or eggs? How likely is this? And what do we need to think about to minimize our risk when shopping for or preparing food?

How Safe Is Milk?

Bird flu (or avian influenza)

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