The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising Canadians not to acquisition poultry from definite U.S. regions this Thanksgiving owed to avian influenza outbreaks.
According to the CFIA, unrecorded birds, vertebrate products, and by-products are barred from being brought implicit the borderline if they travel from definite states due to the fact that of a “highly pathogenic” outbreak of vertebrate flu, or H5N1.
Although the microorganism is lethal for birds and spreads quickly, it is uncommon for humans to declaration the virus. Only 1 quality corruption has been detected successful the U.S.
Twenty-one states person declared an outbreak, including each states bordering Canada different than New Hampshire, Vermont, and Alaska.
“Raw poultry volition lone beryllium allowed introduction into Canada with documentation, specified arsenic a receipt, stating it was purchased successful a authorities not presently affected by HPAI [H5N1] outbreaks,” said CFIA successful an Oc.t 7 statement, warning that without the due documentation, cross-border travellers whitethorn person to instrumentality the poultry to the market store oregon person Canadian Border Services dispose of it.
Regardless of outbreak status, labelled, retail-packaged and afloat cooked poultry products are allowed crossed the border. Game carcasses tin inactive beryllium brought implicit with a due hunting permit, and unrecorded favored birds are allowed with authoritative certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Any fresh, raw, oregon unprocessed poultry products oregon by-products” from outbreak states are not permitted, says CFIA, including immoderate items that are not prepackaged, specified arsenic products from a roadside basal oregon tiny farm. Frozen turkeys purchased for a Thanksgiving feast, for example, could beryllium turned down astatine the border.
“Poultry products that person not been treated by immoderate means, different than by refrigeration, vacuum packaging oregon modified ambiance packaging to guarantee their preservation, whitethorn beryllium called ‘fresh,’” CFIA noted.
Currently, B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec each person areas that are classified arsenic a “primary power zone” owed to concerns astir H5N1. This means that a peculiar licence is needed to determination caller poultry done the zone. In Canada, determination are 2.9 cardinal estimated infections. Alberta has the astir with implicit 1.3 million.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arsenic of Oct. 6, implicit 47 cardinal poultry birds and implicit 2,700 chaotic birds person the infection.
According to Turkey Farmers of Canada, determination are 513 turkey farms successful the country. In 2021, determination were astir 22.3 cardinal kilograms of Turkey exported and astir 150 cardinal kilograms produced, with Canadians consuming astir 89 percent of it.
On Thanksgiving 2021, 2.7 cardinal full turkeys were purchased successful Canada, which is 45 percent of the full turkey depletion for the year.