Two more states’ eggs, poultry allowed into Canada

(Stephen Ausmus photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Cross-border travellers may again bring raw poultry meat, eggs and live birds into Canada from North Dakota and Missouri.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency last week shortened its list of U.S. states under avian influenza-related restrictions to just one. Indiana remains under limits imposed in January after highly pathogenic (“high-path”) H7N8 avian flu turned up at a 43,000-bird turkey farm.

The outbreaks of avian flu in North Dakota and Missouri that led to CFIA’s bans dated back to last spring. North Dakota had cases at just two farms, the most recent in April 2015, affecting about 111,500 birds; Missouri had three, the most recent in May 2015, affecting about 53,100.

Between December 2014 and June 2015, CFIA imposed such restrictions on poultry and eggs from 15 states where high-path avian flu strains had appeared in commercial poultry flocks. Indiana had just one case in last spring’s outbreaks, in which high-path H5N8 appeared in May in birds at a backyard mixed-poultry operation.

Cross-border travellers who buy poultry and eggs while visiting the U.S. will want to make sure they have proof that those products originated from, and were bought in, states other than Indiana, CFIA said last week.

For travellers, the list of restricted items from Indiana includes live birds, hatching eggs, eggs, yolks, egg whites, uncooked or partially-cooked poultry meat, raw poultry-based pet foods, feathers, poultry manure/litter and laboratory materials containing poultry products or byproducts.

If those items originate in Indiana, “you may not bring these items into Canada,” CFIA said. Commercial-level poultry and egg imports are also restricted — but only from “specific quarantine zones” in the state — until further notice.

Live pet birds will be allowed into Canada from Indiana if they arrive with the appropriate certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Canada has been considered free of high-path avian flu by World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards since last October.

The government had reported high-path avian flu outbreaks in flocks at 13 properties in British Columbia in December 2014 and in February 2015, and at three farms in southwestern Ontario in April 2015. — Network

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