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Pet Food News / Pet Food Safety
on March 24, 2015

Canada restricts raw petfood containing poultry products

Due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, travelers from certain US states to Canada are restricted from bringing in all raw poultry and all poultry products and byproducts that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw petfoods.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, USA.

Travelers should know that, due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and byproducts that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw petfoods, sourced, processed or packaged from the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are under restriction 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:

  • Raw petfoods containing poultry products
  • Live birds and hatching eggs
  • Eggs, yolks, egg whites (albumen)
  • Poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
  • Feathers
  • Poultry manure and litter
  • Laboratory material containing poultry products/byproducts

Live pet birds may be brought into Canada with official certification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Commercial imports of live poultry, birds and raw or untreated avian products are restricted from the specific quarantine zones within the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington until further notice. Commercial importers should refer to the CFIA'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 other parts of Canada. 

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