Attorney Advises Food Industry to Prepare for Avian Flu

NEW YORK - Should bird flu turn up in the U.S., the direct costs of de-population, international trade bans and consumer confidence will be huge, said Jolyda Swaim, an attorney with the agriculture group at Olsson, Frank and Weeda, a Washington-based law firm specializing in regulatory matters related to meat and poultry production. Speaking at Kosherfest here, Swain noted that poultry consumption in Italy dropped 70% in February with the spread of H5N1 and that domestic surveys indicate 46% of consumers would stop eating poultry if high pathogenic bird flu was found in the U.S.

NEW YORK - Should bird flu turn up in the U.S., the direct costs of de-population, international trade bans and consumer confidence will be huge, said Jolyda Swaim, an attorney with the agriculture group at Olsson, Frank and Weeda, a Washington-based law firm specializing in regulatory matters related to meat and poultry production. Speaking at Kosherfest here, Swain noted that poultry consumption in Italy dropped 70% in February with the spread of H5N1 and that domestic

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