Avian flu outbreak on Ontario farm
LONDON, Ont. -- Avain flu has been found in the birds on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ont., the federal food watchdog says.
The farm where the H5 avian influenza was discovered has been quarantined, as well as a neighbouring farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said in a release Monday evening.
The quarantine came after the turkey farm "experienced sudden deaths of birds over several days."
"Avian influenza does not pose a risk to food safety when poultry and poultry products are properly handled and cooked," the CFIA added.
The agency said the birds on the farm would be "humanely euthanized and disposed of, in accordance with" provincial regulations.
Additional testing is being done to determine how severe the outbreak is and the exact subtype and strain of the virus that is present, according to the statement.
Initial testing was done Sunday at the University of Guelph.
Thousands of turkeys and chickens were killed by avian influenza on two farms in B.C., the CFIA had said last December.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said earlier on Monday that Minnesota, its top turkey-producing state, had found two commercial turkey flocks to be infected with a lethal strain of avian flu.
-- With files from Reuters