Canada faces poultry trade restrictions due to the discovery of bird flu in Nova Scotia.


The Canadian Food Safety Oversight Agency states that the discovery of bird flu in Novascosia’s commercial poultry herds has resulted in international trade restrictions on some Canadian poultry products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency states that an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 was reported to the World Organization for Animal Health last week.

Authorities said in a news release Wednesday that the detection had changed the health of Canadian animals to say they were not infected with bird flu.

South Korea and the Philippines impose restrictions on poultry products throughout Canada, including live poultry, poultry meat and edible eggs.

The United States, European Union, Taiwan, Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong impose restrictions on some products from Nova Scotia or certain regions of the states affected by the outbreak of bird flu.

Russia imposes restrictions on poultry from both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and bird flu was also detected in January and December.

CFIA has not identified the species of birds affected by the pathogen in Nova Scotia herds.

Authorities say bird flu can circulate naturally in birds and affect food-producing birds such as chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowl, pets and wild birds.

Highly pathogenic bird flu can cause serious illness and death in birds.

Canadian press

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