Chief Ag Negotiator: HPAI in cattle isn’t disrupting global trade

High Path Avian Flu outbreaks have opened discussion around biosecurity, production, and even trade. Doug McKalip, the nation’s Chief Ag Negotiator, says the shift of HPAI from birds to cattle is not causing any global trade disruptions.

He says trade has been left untouched because U.S. milk is pasteurized, leaving no room for the virus to live. He adds it is has been a key part of conversations with trade partners in order to prevent any kind of action against U.S. dairy. McKalip says his team will be in talks with the beef industry soon to see if any steps are needed, saying the goal is to follow where the science leads them.

Eight states across the country have confirmed the virus in dairy herds.

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