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Avian Influenza FAQs:

What about handling meat from an infected chicken or turkey?

No chickens or turkeys known or suspected to be infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza are processed for sale as raw meat in the United States. Washing the hands after handling raw poultry is always a good precaution, but consumers in the United States have virtually no chance of encountering meat from a chicken or turkey infected with avian influenza. More importantly, the USA does not have the H5N1 HPAI and does not import poultry from the affected Asian countries.