The president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has stepped down from her post. Siddika Mithani sent a letter to colleagues and industry partners last week informing them of her retirement from the public service, effective Friday, January 20th, 2023. The letter, obtained by RealAgriculture, does not state any reason for the immediate departure, but… Read More

The total number of birds on Canadian farms lost due to H5N1 avian influenza nearly hit the 7 million mark in the 2022 calendar year, with over 40 per cent of those birds affected in the last two months in southern B.C. Heading into 2023, the ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is… Read More

Update, as of November 28: At least 28 commercial farm flocks have now tested posted for avian influenza in the Fraser Valley area of BC between November 16 and November 27, including five new cases on November 27. The number of cases of avian influenza (AI) in B.C. has risen rapidly over the past week… Read More

The highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in domestic poultry escalated late last week, as Ontario’s chief vet announced the suspension of any activities where domestic birds would co-mingle and a prime poultry processing area of Manitoba was placed in a quarantine zone. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) updates infected premises and birds impacted each… Read More

A new wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) coinciding with the fall migratory season is sweeping across western and central Canada, with confirmed cases of the deadly virus on poultry farms from B.C. to Ontario over the past week. As it was in spring, Alberta remains the hardest hit province. The Canadian Food Inspection… Read More

Two poultry farms in Alberta have tested positive for highly-pathogenic avian influenza (AI) over the past week, possibly signalling the start of an anticipated resurgence of the virus this fall. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported a case on a commercial farm in Sturgeon County, Alberta on Wednesday, which followed a confirmed case in a… Read More

A Saskatchewan horse has tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA), a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems and that is transmittable through bodily fluids. The horse carrying the virus is in Rosemount No. 378, which is in west central Saskatchewan between Biggar and Landis, and encompasses the municipality of Cando. According to the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance… Read More

The number of domestic poultry that have died due to highly pathogenic avian influenza in Canada is approaching the two million mark. As of May 12, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says an estimated 1.82 million birds on farms have either died from the deadly H5N1 virus or been euthanized as part of an… Read More

The number of Canadian farms – and provinces – where birds are testing positive for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza continues to climb. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed Manitoba’s first case on a poultry farm on April 23. The farm is located near Elma, in the Rural Municipality of Whitemouth, on the eastern side of… Read More

Ontario’s Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has released new information on confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases and the corresponding 10 km buffered biosecurity advisory area. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of HPAI, subtype H5N1 on 12 premises total. Since April 6, five new sites have been confirmed. They are: April… Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the first three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry in Western Canada. The CFIA says two commercial flocks in Mountain View County and one in Ponoka County tested positive on April 6 for the H5N1 subtype that has been spreading across North America since first… Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency lists six confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ontario, as of April 5th. Two of the six cases are in backyard poultry flocks. Currently, there are two control zones set up. Movement of poultry or poultry products in or out of a control zone requires a special permit,… Read More

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a wild bird in southern Ontario, bringing the number of provinces with positive cases to six. “On March 21, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), subtype H5N1, in a sample taken from a red-tailed hawk that was found in the… Read More

Update: On February 4, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said it had confirmed the presence of high pathogenic avian influenza (AI), subtype H5N1, in a commercial flock in western Nova Scotia and notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of the positive AI finding. Initial tests were conducted on January 30 after the farm… Read More

China and the Philippines have joined South Korea in temporarily suspending imports of Canadian beef following the discovery of an atypical case of BSE in an Alberta cow in mid-December. The Chinese customs administration has stopped issuing certificates for beef and beef products from Canada, while hides are still eligible for export, according to a… Read More


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