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On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from passing and enacting laws that require mandatory labels on genetically modified food. Here’s what you should know about it:

Turkeys raised on a confinement farm in Iowa in this file photo. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)
Turkeys raised on a confinement farm in Iowa in this file photo. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that the federal government is preparing for a bird flu outbreak this fall that would be two times as bad as the one experienced by Midwestern states this spring.

During testimony before a House Agriculture Committee oversight hearing, Vilsack said 3,200 employees have been added to the 8,000 who already work for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a sub-agency under the USDA. A command structure will be put in place along with incident teams, he said.

Prices for shelled eggs at the grocery store have more than doubled in some areas (Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media)
Prices for shelled eggs at the grocery store have more than doubled in some areas (Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media)

Most bakers and restaurants affected by the current egg shortage brought on by the huge outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest are making their way through the summer by paying higher prices or cutting back on production.

But what if the current crisis brought lasting change? A silver lining in a shell?

Maisie Ganzler, vice president of strategy for Bon Appétit Management Co., believes that the steps the company is taking now to reduce egg usage in their supply chain will stick around for the long haul.

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