Authorities find no signs of bird flu virus in Canadian milk

Published May 25, 2024

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that early tests on retail milk samples in Canada have shown no presence of the bird flu virus, specifically H5N1. The agency has analyzed 142 samples, all of which tested negative. This comes in the wake of an unusual bird flu outbreak in the United States, with 46 herds in nine states affected. Despite concerns, Canadian dairy cows have not shown any signs of the virus, and milk in Canada is mandatorily pasteurized since 1991. The CFIA is conducting high sensitivity PCR testing on milk samples in collaboration with other health agencies. Additionally, the agency requires negative test results for lactating dairy cattle from the U.S. and has a voluntary screening program for Canadian cattle without symptoms.
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Early screening tests on milk sold in Canada found no signs of the presence of the virus that causes a dangerous form of bird flu, federal officials said. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) laboratories analyzed 142 samples of milk sold at retail across Canada, said a statement from that agency released on May 14. To date, all samples from the interim round of testing carried out by the ACIA have been negative. Negative results mean that there are no fragments [of the virus] present in the milk. This supports current reports that the virus has not been detected in Canadian dairy cows, the federal agency's statement continued. Canadian surveillance is in effect as the United States faces an unprecedented outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in its dairy cattle. Cases have spread to 46 herds in nine states, and scientists south of the border suspect that limited testing and surveillance could be hiding the true magnitude of the outbreak, as testing by the Food and Agriculture ...
Source: Agromeat
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