FOOD FEAR: Former FDA and USDA food safety advisor warns against consumption of rare steaks, undercooked eggs and desserts amid completely drummed-up bird flu “outbreak”
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A former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food safety advisor warned against the consumption of rare steaks, undercooked eggs and desserts because of the possibility of catching the H5N1 bird flu virus, according to media reports.

It all sounds a lot like the COVID fear campaign in 2020, however, when the global population was terrorized into a staged "plandemic."

According to Dr. Darin Detwiler, animal products that are not properly cooked could harbor small fragments of the virus which is currently tearing through U.S. farms. This means that steak should be cooked well done. Eggs with runny yolks should be avoided so hollandaise sauce and salad dressings like Caesar, which are made with raw eggs, can also be risky. The same goes for no-bake desserts like edible cookie dough.

"Transmission of bird flu to humans through the consumption of properly cooked poultry products, including eggs, is very low. But the risk arises with improperly cooked eggs or poultry meat," Detwiler told the Daily Mail. "Eggs, poultry and beef have to be cooked to a safe internal temperature because cooking is the kill step."

He added that searing a steak on the outside may be good enough to kill a pathogen, even if the inside is not properly cooked, but bird flu could travel to the inner part of the meat. "I am not convinced yet that simply searing the outside is enough to kill H5N1 in beef," he said. "I would 100 percent recommend that it is cooked throughout to a minimum safe cooking temperature for a piece of solid beef." According to the USDA, the safe internal temperature for steak is at least 145 F, whereas rare steak is 120 to 125 F. Medium rare is roughly 130 to 135 F.

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Detwiler also told Americans to be cautious about eggs that have "semi-cooked" or uncooked yolks, which include sunny side up, poached, soft boiled and over easy. "In the case of avian flu concerns, eggs should be cooked until both the white and yolk are firm, which ensures that the egg reaches a temperature that is likely to kill any viruses present," he said. As per USDA, eggs should be cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. He also advised against using eggs that are dirty or cracked, as bacteria linger on them.

There are no cases of someone catching flu from eating food, but experts say it is theoretically possible and it occurs among animals.

Meanwhile, the avian flu strain has caused outbreaks on over a dozen farms across the U.S., infecting cattle and chickens and raising fears over the safety of the food supply. Infected cows could also transmit bird flu through their milk if it is not pasteurized, this is when milk is heated to at least 145 F for a minimum of 30 minutes to kill bacteria.

"Raw milk definitely carries a higher risk of exposure to not only avian flu but pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli, listeria," Detwiler said. "Pasteurization is the only effective way of eliminating these pathogens and making inactive any kind of influenza virus should they be present in milk. But quite honestly, pasteurized milk is always the safer choice."

CDC convenes H5N1 outbreak meeting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials held a bird flu outbreak meeting on Friday, April 5 and it issued a warning, urging state leaders to have "up-to-date operational plans" in case more farm workers come out positive for the avian flu. They admitted that the risk to the public was still low but still alerted health officials to prepare for the potential of more cases.

The meeting was led by the CDC's deputy director Nirav Shah and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who was involved in the national response to the outbreak of monkeypox in 2022. It was attended by local health leaders including representatives from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which has members across all 50 states and Washington D.C.

According to a CDC online statement released during the meeting, "CDC recommended that state public health officials ensure that they have up-to-date operational plans to respond to avian influenza at the state level. For example, the CDC emphasized the importance of having plans in place to quickly test and provide treatment to potentially impacted farm workers following positive results among cattle herds." It also included that officials "emphasized that, although the risk to the public remains low, the agency wants state public health officials to be prepared to respond."

To date, only one infection has been reported in a person. The patient, a dairy farmer in Texas, only has inflammation of the eye as a symptom and has been reported to be isolated and "recovering well." The infected is being treated with the drug oseltamivir, or Tamiflu. (Related: USDA funding "dangerous bird flu experiments" with Chinese scientists that some fear could spark a whole new pandemic.)

Head over to for more stories on the avian flu virus and other "epidemics."

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