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Cooked Poultry Shipment Requirements in Response to Avian Influenza in Ontario

Posted April 17, 2015

Under Other Government Departments-Agencies


CFIA released the following information to staff April 15, 2015 in response to the establishment of a control zone in Ontario to address the confirmed presences of Avian Influenza. Note, the control zone includes a section of Hwy 401. Shipments containing cooked poultry can transit through the control zone provided they meet the requirements below.

USA

Effective immediately, no export certificates are to be issued for poultry meat and poultry products (this relates to only raw meat and raw meat product), and eggs and egg products (unless they have been heat treated) originating from the Avian Influenza Control Zone (AICZ)  destined to USA.

The Veterinary Export Certificate to export poultry meat cooked or fresh destined to the USA (Annex A-9) was modified on April 15, 2015. The modified version will be accepted by USDA effective April 16, 2015. Annex A-9 is to be used for all shipments of poultry meat cooked or fresh from Canada (except the AICZ) and destined to the USA.

The Annex A-9 is published on E-Certification.

Requirements: 

The poultry meat was cooked throughout to reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (74 °C). This applies to all cooked product of Canadian origin and is not restricted to cooked product originating from the Avian Influenza Control Zone (AICZ), 

OR

The poultry meat was derived from birds that did not originate in a current USDA, APHIS recognized Avian Influenza Control Zone(s) established due to the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry. The CFIA control zone is equivalent to the above mentioned USDA, APHIS recognized quarantine control zone.

The shipments can transit through the AICZ as long as they meet the requirements of Annex A-9.

The following text is typical of that which members may find on the revised Annex A-9:

The undersigned Official Veterinarian certifies that the poultry meat products certified under the above certificate meet the following conditions: / Le soussigné, vétérinaire officiel, certifie que les produits de viande de volaille visés par le certificat indiqué ci-haut satisfont aux exigences suivantes :

The poultry meat or other poultry products are derived from poultry slaughtered in a region designated in title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations (9 CFR) section 94.6 as free of Newcastle disease. (1) / La viande de volaille et autre produits de volaille proviennent de volaille abattues dans une région désignée à l’article 94.6 du titre 9 du « Code of Federal Regulations » (9CFR) comme indemne de la maladie de Newcastle(1).

The establishment is approved to export poultry meat and other poultry products to the United States in accordance with 9 CFR 381.196. (2) / L’établissement est approuvé pour exportation de viande de volaille et autres produits de volaille aux USA selon les dispositions du 9 CFR 381.196. (2)

3) The poultry meat or other poultry products have not been in contact with poultry meat or other poultry products from any region where Newcastle disease exists. (3) / La viande de volaille et autres produits de volaille ne sont pas entrés en contact avec de la viande de volaille ou autres produits de volaille de toute région où la maladie de Newcastle existe. (3)

4) That the poultry meat was cooked throughout to reach a minimum internal temperature of 740C  (1650 F). / Que la viande de volaille a été cuite pour atteindre une température de 740 C((1650 F).

OR

The poultry meat was derived from birds that did not originate in a current USDA, APHIS recognized Avian Influenza Control Zone(s) (quarantine control zone(s)) established due to the detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry./ La viande de volaille provient d’oiseaux qui ne sont pas originaire d’une zone reconnue par le USDA, APHIS comme étant une zone(s) de contrôle de l’influenza aviaire (zone(s) de contrôle de quarantaine) établie en raison de la détection de l’influenza aviaire hautement pathogène (IAHP) chez la volaille de commerce.

To Obtain Modified Annex A-9

The modified Annex A-9 is only available from CFIA inspectors and veterinarians. If you have a Federally registered establishment eligible to export poultry meat to the U.S., you can go to the CFIA inspector of the plant and ask him or her to provide you with this Annex.

Background
  • April 8th CFIA confirmed the strain causing avian influenza on a farm near Woodstock Ontario is a highly pathogenic H5N2 virus.
  • April 12th CFIA established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario which covered a 10 km radius of the single premises confirmed to be infected with avian influenza.  The control zone includes a section of Hwy 401.
  • April 15th CFIA released the above certification requirements to CFIA staff regarding the export of products containing cooked poultry destined for export to the U.S.