Poultry, Product Restrictions in Mexico Due to Bird Flu

MEXICO - Mexico has imposed a ban on all poultry and poultry products originating in the US state of California, including egg products, hatching eggs, and baby chicks, following an earlier outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8.
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The Mexican National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA) also announced additional testing requirements for poultry from contiguous and nearby states.

The implementation of these restrictions has caused trade disruptions for poultry transiting through California ports into Mexico. The situation continues to evolve.

A statement from SENASICA read: “Due to the recent notifiable HPAI outbreaks in the United States of America, the import of any type of live poultry or poultry products originating and/or coming from the state of California is prohibited.

"In the case of live birds or poultry products proceeding from the States of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon or Washington, it should be presenting negative results for avian influenza issued by an official laboratory.

"The results must show that the commodity proceeds from flocks/farms in which at least 59 serological were tested using the double Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID) test according to OIE standards, and negative results using viral isolation, or, a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test."

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