The National Chicken Council said that poultry-processing companies that control about 90 percent of the nation's chicken production had joined the program. By Jan. 16, they are to start testing about 1.6 million birds a year, a council spokesman said.Under the program, chicken farmers, most of whom raise flocks under contract with major processors like Tyson Foods or Pilgrim's Pride, will take swabs or beak samples from 11 chickens in each healthy flock. Any suspicious results found in local laboratories will be sent on to a U.S.D.A. laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for confirmation.
U.S. Farmers to Begin Testing Chickens for Flu - New York Times
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