Outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is spreading in farmed birds in Canada and across the world.
To protect Canada’s poultry resources from further HPAI outbreaks, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed restrictions on all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet food, that have been sourced, processed or packaged from the following restricted zones in the United States where outbreaks have been confirmed:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Until further notice, all poultry and related products that originated in the restricted states above may not be brought into Canada.
Examples of poultry-related products include:
- live birds and hatching eggs
- eggs, yolks, egg whites (albumen)
- poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
- raw pet foods containing poultry products
- poultry manure and litter
- laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products
Thankfully, HPAI is not a food safety concern for humans. These measures are being taken to help stop the spread of avian influenza into Canada in order to protect its poultry population.
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