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Avian Influenza is an Animal Health Issue, not a Human Health Issue

So, you may have heard about the recent avian influenza outbreak in British Columbia – and you may be concerned.  Here are some answers to some questions we have heard from you:

  • Chicken is safe to eat; use the same care with your poultry products as you always have.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) states that there is no evidence that consuming poultry or eggs can transmit the avian influenza virus to humans.
  • Poultry and egg farmers are working very hard with CFIA, federal and provincial governments and agencies to contain and eradicate this outbreak.
  • Continue to cook chicken thoroughly and keep your services clean, as you always have.

For more information, check out CFIA’s Questions and Answers on Avian Influenza.