What is avian influenza?

Avian influenza (AI), commonly known as “bird flu”, is a contagious viral infection that can affect several species of food producing birds as well as pet birds and wild birds.

It is important to note: Avian influenza is NOT a food safety risk, and you can’t catch avian influenza by eating chicken or eggs. 

What is the current status of avian influenza in Canada?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently responding to cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in birds across Canada. Avian influenza is spreading across the globe. 

Anyone with birds must practice good biosecurity habits to protect poultry and prevent disease. HPAI is not a food safety concern. There is no evidence to suggest that eating cooked poultry or eggs could transmit HPAI to humans.

The CFIA remains highly engaged on this issue and is responding to any reported or suspected cases. 

To read more about how CFIA is managing the ongoing issue please visit: https://inspection.canada.ca/animal-health/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/avian-influenza/latest-bird-flu-situation/eng/1651075538411/1651075538958

What is CAHI and the animal health industry doing? 

CAHI continues to monitor this important animal health issue, and stays up to date on all the latest information through our partnerships with the Canadian government and producer associations. 

The Chicken Farmers of Canada remain committed to supporting farmers, and the health and welfare of chicken flocks across the country. 

For more information visit: https://www.chickenfarmers.ca/avian-influenza-home/