Bird (Flu) Watching: Tracking the Spread of H5N1 with Kris Lance

By Kelly Barner | May 29, 2024

The H5N1 virus (a.k.a. ‘Bird flu’) is not just spreading among birds in the supply chain. It has recently jumped to beef cattle and – in just a few cases – human beings. It has now been found in 32 herds in 8 states. But is it time to worry?

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes back Kris Lance, VP and General Manager at Una, for a recurring monthly conversation about current news stories. Kris has experience in multiple industries and has his finger on the pulse of the trends and topics that procurement, sourcing, and supply chain professionals need to be aware of.


In this month’s discussion, Kris and Kelly talk about the concerns associated with the bird flu, whether it becomes a larger issue or stays largely contained to animals:

  • Questions that are being raised about why the federal government is missing its own reporting deadlines and providing incomplete data
  • The direct connection between transparency and trust in the face of troubling news
  • Why this is yet another reminder for supply chain professionals to double down on the fundamentals like testing and data quality


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