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Federal government tests ground beef sold where dairy cows have been struck by bird flu

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The government is testing samples of ground beef sold in retail stores in nine states where outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu have occurred in dairy cows, while offering assurance that U.S. meat is safe, it announced Monday. the USDA.

The effort comes later pasteurized milk samples from across the country have tested positive for inactive remnants of the virus known as H5N1, with these samples taken after the virus was confirmed in dairy herds in nine states: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Texas.

The agency also plans to collect samples of infected beef muscle from cull dairy cows to study whether cooking ground beef reduces the H5N1 virus.

The agency reiterated its recommendations that consumers handle raw meats properly and cook them to a safe internal temperature to kill bacteria and viruses.

The USDA on Monday began requiring lactating dairy cows to test negative for avian flu before being transported across state lines.

Widely distributed among wild birds, H5N1 has also infected poultry and dairy farms, as well as stable cats. Cows infected with the virus, usually fatal to poultry, usually recover within 10 days.

A U.S. dairy worker recently became the second known human case of bird flu in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is working with other federal and state agencies to track the spread.

The outbreaks have prompted one country, Colombia, to restrict imports of U.S. beef, drawing criticism from the American Meat Export Federation. “Colombia’s attempt to suspend beef imports from certain U.S. states is unworkable and wrong,” the trade group said.

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