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Restriction on Live Birds, Eggs, Raw Poultry Products, Raw Pet Foods from Oregon and Washington

| May 12, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said January 8 that it is “implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources” from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Oregon and Washington, USA.

Due to this outbreak, all birds, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, packaged or shipped from the states of Oregon and Washington are prohibited from entry into Canada 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 prohibited items 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
  • Feathers
  • Poultry manure and litter
  • Laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products

The CFIA says there is “no food safety risk” associatedwith these products, and the measures are being taken to prevent the introduction of avian influenza into other parts of Canada.

Published in World Food Regulation Review – January 2015 issue

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Category: Animal Health

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