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FDA Confirms Safety of Milk Supply Amid Bird Flu Findings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that traces of bird flu virus were discovered in some samples of pasteurized milk. However, the FDA assured the public that the commercial milk supply remains safe for consumption, as pasteurization effectively kills harmful bacteria and viruses by heating milk to a specific temperature.

The FDA stated that while pasteurization is likely to deactivate the virus, it may not eliminate viral particles. The agency has been examining milk samples from affected animals, throughout the processing system, and on store shelves. A comprehensive national sample is being completed to gauge the extent of the findings.

To further assess any positive findings, the FDA is conducting egg inoculation tests, considered a gold standard for determining the presence of viable virus particles. Despite these findings, the FDA reiterated its stance that the commercial milk supply remains safe. Results from additional studies will be released in the coming days to weeks.

The FDA emphasized the importance of sound science in informing public health decisions, particularly regarding food safety. It assured that the safety of the milk supply is a top priority.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of bird flu in dairy cattle across eight states. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported one human case associated with the outbreak in dairy cows, which was documented in Texas on April 1st.

Source: Inputs from various media Sources

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