Out-shoppers are reminded to not try to bring chicken or other poultry products across the border into Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly-pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
As a result, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully-cooked (including eggs and raw pet foods) sourced, processed, or packaged from these states are under restriction until further notice.
These measures are a normal part of Canada’s animal disease control efforts and are consistent with international guidelines on trade.
Examples of restricted items include:
•live birds and hatching eggs;
•eggs, yolks, and egg whites (albumen);
•poultry meat (other than fully-cooked, canned, commercially-sterile meat products);
•raw pet foods containing poultry products;
•poultry manure and litter; and
•laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products.
There is no food safety risk associated with these products, the CFIA reported.
These measures are being taken to prevent the introduction of avian influenza into other parts of Canada.