Canadianchicken allowed in U.S.

Published on Thu, Aug 24, 2006 by eg Olson

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Canadian chicken allowed in U.S.

By Meg Olson

Cross-border shoppers can bring Canadian chicken and eggs into the United States again, after federal agriculture authorities lifted a ban on personal imports of poultry August 8.

“It lifts restrictions on personal use poultry products of Canadian origin in passenger baggage,” said Customs and Border Protection representative Mike Milne, explaining that includes grocery bags in the trunk. He added consumers need to check packaging to be sure it identified the product as Canadian.

All unprocessed or processed poultry meats and eggs need to meet this requirement, he said.

The ban on personal imports of Canadian poultry products has been in place since November, 2005, when a duck infected with a strain of avian influenza was found on a Fraser Valley farm.

The ban on commercial imports of B.C. poultry only lasted a few days, after the strain of virus was found to be a non-virulent type. Still, agriculture inspection service authorities maintained a five- kilometer quarantine zone around the site where the infected bird was found until August 8.