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Notice to industry: Restriction on imports of live birds, bird products and by-products from states affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the United States

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 the restricted zones in the states below are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.

If you buy poultry or eggs in the United States (U.S.), make sure you have proof that they originate from and were purchased in a region  other than those under restriction.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the following states:

  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky

For more details on the restricted zones, please see the website United States of America – Disease freedom recognition

Travellers should know that, due to this outbreak, 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 the restricted zones in the above states are prohibited  until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.

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, 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

Live pet birds may be brought into Canada with official certification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Contact the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for more information on the restricted areas.

Commercial imports are restricted from the specific quarantine zones within these states until further notice. Commercial importers should refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) for more information on restricted products.

There is no food safety risk associated with these products. These measures are being taken to prevent the introduction of avian influenza into Canada.

For more information, click here.

Source: Government of Canada

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