Turkeys from some US regions may not be allowed across borders, Canadian officials say


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising Canadians not to buy poultry from certain parts of the United States this Thanksgiving due to an outbreak of bird flu.

according to CFIAlive birds, bird products, and by-products are prohibited from being brought across borders if coming from certain states due to a “highly pathogenic” outbreak of avian influenza or H5N1.

The virus is lethal to birds and spreads rapidly, but humans rarely become infected with the virus.Only one human infection detected in the US

21 states outbreakIncludes all provinces bordering Canada except New Hampshire, Vermont and Alaska.

“Raw poultry will only be allowed into Canada with documentation such as a receipt showing that it was purchased in a province not currently affected by HPAI. [H5N1] In a statement on Oct. 7, the CFIA warned that without proper documentation, cross-border travelers may have to return poultry to grocery stores or have it disposed of by Canadian Border Services.

Labeled, retail-packaged and fully cooked poultry products are allowed across borders regardless of outbreak status. Carcasses of game are permitted with proper hunting permits, and live pet birds are permitted with official certification from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“Fresh, raw or unprocessed poultry products or by-products” from outbreak states are not allowed, including non-prepackaged items such as products from roadside stalls and small farms, the CFIA said. says. For example, a frozen turkey purchased for the Thanksgiving feast may be turned down at the border.

“Poultry products that have not been refrigerated, vacuum-packed, or otherwise processed in modified-atmosphere packaging to ensure preservation may be referred to as ‘fresh,'” the CFIA said. I got it.

Currently, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec all have Classified As a “Primary Controlled Area” due to concerns about H5N1. This means that a special permit is required to move fresh poultry within the zone. In Canada, an estimated 2.9 million people are infected. Alberta has the most, with over 1.3 million.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAs of 6 October, more than 47 million domestic poultry and 2,700 wild birds are infected.

according to Canadian turkish farmer, there are 513 turkey farms in the country. In 2021, about 22.3 million kilograms of Turkey will be exported and about 150 million kilograms will be produced, of which Canadians will consume about 89%.

2.7 million turkeys were purchased in Canada for Thanksgiving 2021. This represents his 45% of total turkey consumption that year.

David Wagner

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David Wagner is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Winnipeg.