December 15, 2023


Cal-Maine Foods halts egg production in Kansas, US facility amid avian influenza outbreak


Cal-Maine Foods, Inc, a major United States producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs, has suspended production at one of its Kansas facilities following the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), Food Business News reported.


This development comes in the wake of Post Holdings' announcement last week, revealing HPAI cases in two Michael Foods' contracted egg-laying facilities.


The affected facility in Kansas houses approximately 684,000 laying hens, representing about 1.6% of Cal-Maine Foods' total flock. In contrast, the outbreak at Michael Foods' facilities impacted around 4.2 million egg-laying hens, constituting about 10% of Michael Foods' controlled supply, inclusive of owned and contracted farms.


Cal-Maine Foods is actively working to secure production from alternative facilities to mitigate disruptions for its customers. The company said it is committed to maintaining robust biosecurity programmes across all locations. Strict protocols are in place to prevent potential exposure from the affected Kansas facility to other locations, including a nearby layer complex housing approximately one million hens.


As of now, no positive tests for HPAI have been reported at any other Cal-Maine Foods locations. The company is collaborating closely with federal, state, and local government authorities, as well as industry groups, to manage the response effectively and reduce the risk of future outbreaks.


-      Food Business News

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