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
Response to detections of avian influenza in Canada
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently responding to cases of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in farmed birds across Canada. This serves as a strong reminder that avian influenza is spreading across the globe, and that anyone with farm animals must practice good biosecurity habits.
HPAI is not a food safety concern. There is no evidence to suggest that eating cooked poultry or eggs could transmit HPAI to humans.
May 5, 2022
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. Poultry and birds (including pet birds) originating from the restricted zones in the states below are under restriction until further notice. Furthermore, all live birds, including poultry and hatching eggs cannot transit through the restricted zones or any part of states that are completely banned.
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:
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
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
- 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.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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