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article imagePrecautionary Measures Against Avian Flu Close Second Saskatchewan Farm

By Bob Ewing     Sep 29, 2007 in Health
A small backyard poultry operation has been quarantined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA says that this is simply a precaution and routine, no sick birds were found.
A second Saskatchewan farm is under quarantine by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA states that this move is a precautionary measure.
The second farm is located less than three kilometers away from Pedigree Poultry which is a considerably larger operation that is located just north of Regina. CFIA officials confirmed a strain of avian flu at Pedigree last Thursday.
According to the CFIA, the second operation is a small backyard business and has shown no sign of the disease. It was quarantined due to its close proximity to Pedigree. The 20 chickens at the second farm have not shown any sign of avian flu,
According to Lisa Bishop Spencer of the Chicken Farmers of Canada, the recent incidence of H7N3 bird flu is not expected to have much of an economic impact.
"We export roughly 7.5 per cent of what we produce here in Canada," she said.
Even if other countries close their borders as long as Canadians still buy Saskatchewan chickens all will be well on the economic front.
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