Bird flu: dairy products are “safe” to eat

Bird flu: dairy products are “safe” to eat
Bird flu: dairy products are “safe” to eat

This article is a translation from CTV News Montreal.

Tuesday’s update covers 600 tests of retail dairy products and finds no trace of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in samples taken from coast to coast, including in Western provinces of Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

“Milk and dairy products sold commercially are safe to consume,” says the press release from the CFIA and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The agencies note that while fragments of the virus were found in the samples, the pasteurization process that retail milk is subjected to before sale would have rendered them, along with other harmful bacteria and viruses, harmless. According to the release, the test is capable of detecting even non-infectious fragments of HPAI.

Milk samples among the indicators

The national screening program is part of what federal and international authorities call the “One Health” approach, a “proactive” surveillance regime designed to detect public health dangers before their effects occur. are felt.

Analysis of milk samples occurs alongside passive surveillance of the virus in live livestock. Highly pathogenic avian influenza is a notifiable disease for all animals, although government agencies have not received any suspected cases of the disease.

“HPAI fragments are not present in milk,” the press release concludes. “This confirms current reports that the virus has not been detected in Canadian dairy cows.”

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