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Looks like you have to leave all your birds up there for now.

THIS MESSAGE WAS JUST RECEIVED IN THE SOA OFFICE

Message from USDA sent to their CBP staff...

Effective immediately, September 27, 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) is placing a temporary ban on the importation of poultry and commercial shipments of live birds, hatching eggs, and unprocessed (not fully cooked) avian products from the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, based on the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H7N3 confirmed in a commercial poultry operation.

Until additional epidemiological information becomes available to reduce the area of restriction, the ban will apply to the entire province of Saskatchewan.

All unprocessed (not fully cooked) avian products are prohibited from Canada unless accompanied by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) certification that the product did not originate from the province of Saskatchewan or are accompanied by a VS import permit.

Fully-cooked avian products may enter in passenger baggage from Canada. Unprocessed (not fully-cooked) avian products from Canada will be not allowed in passenger baggage unless accompanied by a VS Import Permit or with proof that it did not originate from the province of Saskatchewan.

Fully cooked poultry meat, fully cooked meat products, fully cooked eggs and commercially pasteurized egg products are not affected by this ban and will be allowed entry.


Pet birds from Canada accompanied by documentation such as, but not limited to, a valid Canadian driver's license or passport showing proof of owner residence as being outside of the province of Saskatchewan will not be prohibited.

US-origin pet birds and performing birds will be allowed to return from the province of Saskatchewan under a VS import permit with a required 30 day quarantine in one of the three USDA Quarantine Centers.

Freeda E. Isaac, DVM
Assistant Director for Animal Import
National Center for Import/Export
USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services
4700 River Road, Unit 39
Riverdale, Maryland 20737-1231
Phone: 301-734-8364

Fax: 301-734-6402
 
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