Avian influenza detected in Canada

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The CFIA announced that highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza have been detected on a commercial broiler breeder farm.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that the case occurred in the province of Saskatchewan and that this strain is different from the HPAI H5N1 virus which has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa.

CFIA is beginning depopulation of the infected flock and initiating thorough surveillance in the surrounding area. Canadian officials will continue to provide detailed information on the epidemiological investigation and surveillance reports.

Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service Chief Veterinarian Dr. John Clifford explained that since March 2006, USDA, DOI and their state partners have collected approximately 175,000 live bird and environmental samples, all of which tested negative for HPAI.

Avian influenza viruses do not pose risks to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked. In this case, the affected birds were not destined for immediate slaughter and were not producing eggs for human consumption.