Avian Influenza

We work hard to keep our animals healthy and safe from disease.


Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza is a disease that can affect chickens, turkeys, ducks and wild birds. Some Avian Influenza strains are considered “low pathogenic” meaning that birds may become ill but can recover.  “Highly pathogenic” strains can have devastating impacts on birds and can result in the loss of entire flocks.

Avian Influenza is particularly challenging because the disease is most often spread by wild birds during migration. When they land on farms, they can spread the germs that cause disease. In 2021 and 2022, HPAI affected many locations in Canada and the U.S., and many birds were lost as a result. Federal agencies in Canada and the U.S. monitor, track and respond promptly when Avian Influenza occurs.

Experts say the best defence against any form of avian influenza is careful biosecurity, which Maple Leaf Foods takes very seriously.  Access to poultry farms is controlled, and our animal care teams wear special gear to prevent the introduction of any kind of disease into barns.

Although devastating to birds who contract highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza, the disease poses no risk to poultry consumers.  Properly cooked poultry products remain safe to consume.

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