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Canada Restricts Imports of Fresh, Raw Poultry Products and Eggs


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a ban on private importation of raw, unprocessed poultry products or byproducts from any U.S. state that has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.  This requirement presumably relates to both commercial and backyard outbreaks within 28 days of the date of importation, if the nation is following WOAH rules.


Specified products include raw turkey and chicken meat, table eggs, cooked leftovers from restaurants, raw pet food and feathers.  Fully cooked poultry products can be imported irrespective of outbreaks reported in the state origin.  Acceptable products include rotisserie chicken, hotdogs, deli meats, hard-boiled eggs and cooked kibble or canned pet food.

Restrictions on commercial poultry products are subject to a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Canada in accordance with World Organization of Animal Health (WHOA) guidance including regionalization, compartmentalization, quarantine, depopulation and surveillance.