As H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to spread in farmed birds across North America and the world, Canada 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, avian influenza is not a food safety concern for humans. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is taking these measures to help stop the spread of avian influenza into Canada in order to protect its poultry population from further avian influenza outbreaks.
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