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    U.S. government approves use of firefighting foam to kill chickens in bird flu outbreak

    WASHINGTON: The U.S. government has approved the use of firefighting foam to quickly kill chickens if there is an outbreak of deadly bird flu in commercial poultry.

    The Agriculture Department says water-based foam can be an alternative to carbon dioxide, which has traditionally been used to quickly kill large quantities of birds.

    Gassing involves more workers and exposes them to potentially infected birds, and it can be difficult to maintain a high enough concentration of gas to kill the bird, according to the department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    Foam can be used to suffocate floor-reared flocks chickens and turkeys raised primarily for meat to contain deadly bird flu, spokeswoman Karen Eggert said. Foam can also be used in outbreaks of rapidly spreading disease, such as Exotic Newcastle, when state or federal officials deem it necessary.

    And it can be used when birds are in structurally unsound buildings, such as a building damaged by a hurricane or other natural disaster, she said.

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    Re: U.S. government approves use of firefighting foam to kill chickens in bird flu outbre

    It may kill them quickly, but if they take into account the cleanup of infected foam, is it safer?

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    "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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      Re: U.S. government approves use of firefighting foam to kill chickens in bird flu outbre

      Mellie, there is job for your firefighters !

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