Meeting between Minister Bibeau and stakeholders from the agricultural sector on the consequences of highly pathogenic avian influenza

OTTAWA, ONApril 29, 2022 /CNW/ – “This year is an unprecedented year worldwide for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI). Working together we can prevent the spread of disease and minimize the impact on poultry farmers around the world Canada

Today I had another meeting with stakeholders from the agricultural sector to discuss the state of affairs in commercial poultry farms and the effects on the processing sector. They told me about the devastating effects of the disease on the production, transport of animals and the import and export of their products and by-products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) works closely with poultry farmers and farmers across the country to respond to bird flu, prevent its spread and minimize its impact on industry and commerce. In these challenging times, growers, CFIA staff, and state and federal governments are coming together to respond effectively to the outbreak and work for recovery.

When domestic birds are suspected of being infected with avian influenza, the CFIA immediately takes disease control measures. The typical response includes movement restrictions and quarantines, research, humane depopulation of affected birds, and thorough cleaning and disinfection of contaminated buildings. In addition, when depopulation and destruction of properties has been ordered, the CFIA will compensate eligible owners.

It is important to remember that avian influenza does not pose a food safety risk. Canadian poultry products are safe to eat and continuing to buy is the best way to support poultry producers and processors at a time when they are under particular pressure.

This outbreak reminds poultry farmers to implement strict biosecurity measures at all times to prevent the introduction and spread of disease. These guidelines also apply to small breeders who have birds in their backyards: They should also change shoes to enter their pen and keep their birds indoors as much as possible. An outbreak at a small producer can lead to the establishment of control zones that affect the entire poultry industry. In addition, small breeders in controlled areas must be licensed to give away or sell their products. It is very important to know the signs of the disease and all suspected cases should be reported to the CFIA immediately.

I know this is a particularly stressful time for poultry farmers in Canada† Detecting and responding to an outbreak can be emotionally draining. I remind you that you should not hesitate to ask for help when you are going through a difficult situation with your mental health. Organizations such as Do More Ag and Heart of Farm Families know the realities of farmers and can offer help. Farm Finance’s Cultivating Resilience Initiative Canada lists various sources.

I want to enter the poultry farmers Canada for their persistence and cooperation. Their vigilance is essential to monitor the response of the Canada to bird flu. We will continue to work closely with industry stakeholders and ranchers to minimize impact and support them with recovery actions. †

– The Honorable Marie-Claude BibeauMinister of Agriculture and Agrofood

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SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency

For more information: Marianne Dandurand, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agriculture, [email protected], 343-541-9229; CFIA Media Relations, 613-773-6600, [email protected]

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