Friday, March 6, 2015

Canada adds Minnesota to poultry import ban

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added Minnesota to the states whose poultry products are banned.

Minnesota has had a devastating outbreak of avian influenza that wiped out all but 100 of 15,000 turkeys on a farm in Polk County.

The strain involved is the same avian influenza that infected flocks, most of them small backyard ones, in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho and prompted the CFIA to impose import bans on their poultry.

The CFIA’s website offers the following list of examples involved the import bans:

live birds and hatching eggs;
eggs, yolks, egg whites (albumen);
poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products);
raw pet foods containing poultry products;
poultry manure and litter, and
laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products.

Minnesota is one of the largest turkey-producing states - 46 million worth $750 million per year.