News update:Mar 9, 2016

Russia bans Canadian poultry over AI fears

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselhoznadzor has placed temporary restrictions on the import of live poultry and poultry products from Oxford County in Canada because of concerns over avian influenza, says the official report of the veterinary body.

A block has been put on live poultry, hatching eggs, poultry meat and other poultry products that have not undergone heat treatment to 70°C, the report says.

Russia also bans feed additives and second-hand poultry equipment

Rosselkhoznador has also put an embargo on the import of feed additives for poultry together with second-hand equipment that is used for keeping slaughter and processing birds, down and feathers from Oxford County.

Russia wants details of AI spread prevention measures

The veterinary authority has now called on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to inform them of the measures that are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Rosselhoznadzor is referring to the report of CFIA which said that preliminary testing by the Province of Ontario had confirmed the presence of H5N2 avian influenza on a turkey farm in Oxford County, Ontario.

The CFIA said it had put in place all necessary resources to manage the situation and it was continuing to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the owners of the infected birds, and the poultry industry to manage the outbreak.

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