UGA on Bird Flu Threat and Ag Safety Awareness Week
**According to the CDC, new outbreaks of avian influenza, or bird flu, have been detected in U.S. aquatic birds, commercial poultry and backyard flocks since January.
Although not a threat to human health or food safety in Georgia, avian flu presents a risk to all poultry operations, from hobbyist to the state’s $22.8 billion commercial industry.
As reported by the UGA College of Ag and Environmental Sciences, the key to preventing the spread of the disease is biosecurity.
Symptoms of avian flu can be found at preventai.uga.edu.
**The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week starts today and runs through Friday.
U.S. Ag Safety and Health Centers will join with the American Farm Bureau in promoting ag safety through the week with the theme “Prepare. Prevent. Protect.”
Each day of the week will deal with a different safety topic, including livestock safety, the cost and finances of safety, disaster preparedness, youth safety, and equipment safety.
**The EPA announced the next step to discontinue use of chlorpyrifos on food by denying objections to EPA’s rule revoking all chlorpyrifos tolerances.
A spokesperson says, “EPA is taking the next step towards the cancellation of the use of chlorpyrifos on food.”
Under Monday’s action, EPA is denying all objections, hearing requests, and requests to stay the final rule filed during the period for submitting responses to the final rule.