Senator David Perdue Seeks Action to Deal with Avian Influenza Threats

Preemptive Response Plan Essential to Protecting Georgia’s Poultry Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined nine senators urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to update the USDA’s Fall 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Preparedness and Response Plan to address several important issues.

“Georgia is the number one broiler producer in the country, which means one case of avian influenza could greatly impact our state’s economy,” said Senator Perdue. “Fortunately, we have not seen an outbreak this migration period. I will continue working with USDA and Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, who has led the effort in Georgia on biosecurity, communication, and preparedness, to make sure Georgia’s poultry industry is prepared should we find ourselves dealing with the worst-case scenario.”

The letter to Secretary Vilsack was led by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and signed by Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). The letter is available here.