This article from USA Today reports that egg and poultry groups criticized the Agriculture Department’s handling of the worst avian flu outbreak in U.S. history, with one Iowa turkey producer charging the response allowed the deadly virus to spread.

Citing miscommunication from the USDA, the article also discusses the effects that the outbreak is having among egg and poultry producers, stating, “The outbreak has been especially damaging in Iowa, the nation’s largest egg-producing state, with 40% of its egg-laying hens lost to the disease. The state has reported 75 cases of the virus — the most recent on June 17 — resulting in the death of 32 million birds.”