Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that the country will restrict imports of poultry products from Indiana in the US due to a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in a turkey farm.
“Given the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza located in a turkey farm in the state of Indiana, which was confirmed by the United States health authority, Mexico restricts the entrance of poultry products from that region,” said a statement.
The National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality of Mexico (Senasica) noted that although this a precautionary measure, the importation of any type of bird or poultry product that has been produced, originated from or transited through Indiana is prohibited.
The Agricultural Health Inspection Offices, located at all entrance points into Mexico, are responsible for inspections. “The restriction includes products such as live poultry, meat, offal or viscera of poultry and eggs,” the statement read.
Senasica explains also that these measures were taken based on the information published by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS-USDA).
The agency indicated that, as the epidemiological investigation progresses and the control measures implemented by APHIS-USDA advances, the animal health restrictions determined by Mexico’s government may be adjusted in accordance with Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).