Is Your Thanksgiving Turkey Safe from Bird Flu?
Nevertheless, some people are worried. Iowa governor Tom Vilsack has broken with local tradition and is refusing to pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving, instead urging people to “honor the turkey-eating tradition.”
However, the Washington Times has reported that turkey sales are “brisk,” with consumers – so far – apparently not worried about bird flu.
According to the newspaper:
Americans are expected to eat 46 million turkeys on Thursday, according to the National Turkey Federation, a Washington trade group.
"Turkey sales are doing very well," spokeswoman Sherrie Rosenblatt said, adding the group had not received any reports of bird-flu fears from consumers. "The only people talking about it are the media," she said.
The United States Department of Agriculture has issued an advisory on preparing a Thanksgiving meal:
The four basic food safety messages from USDA are:
There is also extensive guidance on safely thawing a turkey.
So make a special effort to enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey. Because, according to the LiveScience website, there is no guarantee that next year, "when the avian flu could reach the United States," things will be so simple.
November 23rd, 2005