Winnipeggers driving down to the U.S. for some groceries will have some additional restrictions on what they can import into Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in certain US States.
Those US States include North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, which are very popular destinations for Winnipeggers.
All raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the above states are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.
Examples of restricted items include:
- live birds and hatching eggs
- eggs, yolks, egg whites (albumen)
- poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
- raw pet foods containing poultry products
- poultry manure and litter
- laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products
There is no food safety risk associated with these products. These measures are being taken to prevent the introduction of avian influenza into other parts of Canada.