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Notice to industry: Reminder that feeding raw animal products to farmed fur-bearing animals poses a risk of transmitting disease

August 31, 2023 – Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) would like to remind fur producers that feeding raw animal products, specifically those from poultry and other birds, poses a risk of disease transmission to the animals being fed.

Fur producers are encouraged to take the following measures to reduce the potential risks of transmitting animal diseases – such as H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) – to their animals:

Recommended practices:

Given the susceptibility of numerous mammals (including mink and foxes) to HPAI and other diseases, the CFIA would like to remind fur producers to consult the National Farm-Level Mink Biosecurity Standard and apply best practices from the National Farm – Level Mink Biosecurity Standard – Producers' Guide. Ingestion of contaminated bird carcasses is a known route of HPAI virus transmission and can cause significant clinical disease and death in farmed mink and foxes.

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