The Government of Canada Provides an Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

May 6, 2024

With recent news of dairy cattle in the United States testing positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and reports of fragments of HPAI detected in pasteurized milk sold in the U.S., the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada reassure Canadians that commercially sold milk and milk products remain safe to consume.

In addition to the robust protective measures that already exist, the Government of Canada, in collaboration with stakeholders, is expanding its surveillance to manage the possible emergence of HPAI in Canada by:

  • requiring negative HPAI test results for lactating dairy cattle being imported from the United States to Canada.
  • conducting enhanced testing of milk at the retail level to look for viral fragments of HPAI.
  • facilitating the voluntary testing of cows that are not presenting with clinical signs of HPAI to facilitate enhanced industry biosecurity efforts.

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