On July 11, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) published notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin which placed a quarantine order on all poultry and poultry products from the premises of the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, as well as any competitions, shows, fairs and exhibitions that receive funding pursuant to the Pennsylvania Agricultural Fair Act. The quarantine will be in effect until further notice from PDA.
The notice cites the authority to issue the quarantine comes from the Domestic Animal Law, specifically 3 Pa. C.S.A. §§ 2329(a) and 2329(d). Under section 2329(d), avian influenza is considered a “dangerous transmissible disease,” giving the PDA broad authority in how to prevent and handle potential outbreaks.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding issued a press release back on May 11, 2015, announcing these measures. The press release noted that the measures are in place to prevent a potential outbreak and spread of avian influenza in Pennsylvania. The last outbreak in Pennsylvania occurred in 1983-84 and 17 million birds were lost that were valued at $65 million. In 2014, the poultry and egg industry totaled $13 billion in economic activity in Pennsylvania, making prevention of avian influenza critical.
Written by Katharine Richter - Research Assistant
July 16, 2015