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Poultry chief says not to worry

October 19, 2005

Dawson-- The President of Tyson Foods says Americans shouldn't be concerned about the bird flu contaminating the chicken we eat. CEO John Tyson visited the Dawson facility Wednesday to meet with plant workers and leaders in the community.

Tyson processes 45 million chickens a week, but Tyson said the American poultry industry has strict safety measures for identifying and quarantining sick animals and disposing of them.

"The bird flu is basically being passed along by migratory and wild game birds. What happens," said Tyson. "As of right now when you look in Europe, you haven't seen any of the bird flu pass over into the industry, but it seems every picture the news puts on TV is the industry."

2,600 birds died of bird flu in northern China, most wild birds. The disease has also been found in birds in eastern Europe. Scientists fear the virus, which so far has been spread primarily to poultry workers by infected birds, could mutate into a more contagious form and lead to a pandemic.

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