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Virulent Newcastle disease spreads to California's commercial flocks

2 monthes ago   |   By Food Safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculure's partially shut down Animal and Plant Inspection Service is being challenged by the deadly and highly contagious Virulent Newcastle disease that's jumped from backyard poultry to commercial flocks in California.
USDA officials are quick to say that Virulent Newcastle is not a food safety risk. Humans are not exposed to Virulent Newcastle from eating poultry products that are properly cooked. People working with sick birds can become infected, but it's rare.
Since last May, California has experienced Virulent Newcastle infections of birds from backyard...
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