Canada restricts consumer poultry imports from 21 US states

01-08 | |
Photo: Owen Farmer
Photo: Owen Farmer

Consumers traveling from 21 US state into Canada are no longer allowed to take poultry products, eggs and birds into the country. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has reportedly implemented these measures in an effort to protect Canada’s poultry resources from outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The measures don’t apply to commercial imports with accompanying permits and certifications.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has reportedly implemented these measures in an effort to protect Canada’s poultry resources from outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The restricted states are Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

In addition, all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked and canned or hermetically sealed are prohibited.

People may not bring any of the prohibited items into Canada, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the restricted zones. If the product is not labelled with the state of origin by the manufacturer, the product may be denied entry.

Live pet birds may be brought into Canada with official certification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

New outbreak

In July, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed an highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in a non-commercial backyard flock in Carson City, Nevada. The affected facility was quarantined and the birds on the property depopulated.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the public health risk associated with these avian influenza detections in birds remains low.

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Daniel Azevedo Freelance journalist Brazil



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