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May 6, 2024

Vol. 311

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FDA Says New Round of Tests Prove the U.S. Milk Supply is Safe From H5N1 Virus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is once again confirming the milk supply is safe with a new round of tests as proof. The latest round of tests come as the U.S. dairy industry continues to battle the outbreak of HPAI H5N1 in cows. 


Just days after FDA and USDA confirmed viral material of highly pathogenic avian influenza was found in retail milk samples, FDA says further testing shows pasteurization is killing the virus. A lab at St. Judes Children’s Hospital is taking the genetic material found in the milk and culturing it in live eggs to ensure it didn’t regrow.

According to FDA, the additional testing confirms the safety of the commercial milk supply with what it calls substantial data. The tests were done on 297 samples of milk from 38 states. FDA also tested retail powdered infant formula and says all results were negative.

International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) tells AgWeb this also confirms the requirement of pasteurization, or heat treatment, of milk in order to move interstate in this country, works in killing all bacteria and viruses.  

"The testing that the FDA has continued to release has only cemented that further," says Matt Herrick, senior vice president of public affairs and communications at IDFA. "The results they received at the end of the week on Friday, determined that the virus was in fact dead. So it would not regrow and would not infect, and pasteurization, at the standard times and temperatures under the federal pasteurized milk ordinance, is effective."


Owner Hauler Statement for

Lactating Dairy Cow Transport to Slaughter

​​On April 24, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a Federal Order designed to reduce the risk of HPAI (H5N1) spreading among cattle and poultry. Additional guidance from the USDA on the movement of lactating dairy cows to slaughter was provided April 26, 2024. Both are in effect now and require:

“Nonclinical lactating dairy cattle moving interstate direct to slaughter are not required to have a premovement test but must move on a certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation of movement approved by the sending and receiving state animal health officials and provided to the sending and receiving state animal health officials."

To facilitate these time-sensitive movements, DATCP has created a web-based form that, when completed by the animal owner, producer, hauler, or market representative, sends a copy of the form to participating states. States not participating are not included in the drop-down menu when completing the form.​

View the Fillable Form

Ground Beef Tests Negative for H5N1, says USDA-APHIS

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced results from testing 30 samples of ground beef on Thursday, showing that all were negative for H5N1.

The agency made the announcement on its website, available for review here.

USDA-FSIS said it collected the samples from “states with dairy cattle herds that had tested positive for the H5N1 influenza virus at the time of sample collection. The samples were sent to APHIS’ National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) for PCR testing.” 

PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. Such testing is done to identify the presence or absence of human pathogens in food. Common pathogens routinely tested for in food include E. coli and Salmonella, for instance. In the ground beef study, no virus particles were found to be present.


Need The Training – DATCP Has The Money

Keeping the food chain safe is serious business.

UW-Madison is hosting a Basic Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) for Meat and Poultry Establishments Short Course. The event’s scheduled for May 29-30, 2024 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will be providing tuition reimbursement for qualifying participants that reside in Wisconsin through the Meat Talent Development Program, a $5 million program created by Gov. Evers.

The training is critical for the meat processing industry on all levels. They’ll discuss HACCP principles and the development and implementation of HACCP plans and programs, including new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations for meat and poultry establishments.


Wean-to-Finish Biosecurity: Simple Start Tips

Ensuring the health and safety of our pigs is a top priority for every swine producer. While we often focus on biosecurity measures at sow farms, it's just as crucial to implement strong protocols in wean-to-finish barns. 


•  Disease doesn’t discriminate.

We need to maintain our biosecurity mindset throughout the production cycle to maximize profitability.

•  Happy, healthy pigs eat and grow. 

The return on investment of a healthy barn can be significant. 


Implementing biosecurity at a wean-to-finish barn sounds expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. At PIPESTONE, we've been taking a proactive approach to wean-to-finish biosecurity.


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May is National Beef Month! How many cattle reside in Wisconsin?


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