Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, along with their respective poultry and egg industries, have jointly announced that they’ve entered an arrangement to enhance collaboration on avian influenza procedures.
Government animal health authorities from all three countries, together with the heads of poultry and egg industry associations, signed a Letter of Understanding regarding avian influenza on Jan 19.
The letter recognizes that the spread of avian influenza by migratory birds is one of largest challenges facing the global poultry industry right now. It also recognizes that the partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must harmonize their methods for dealing with the avian flu to keep their poultry production systems safe and sustainable, as well as to minimize trade disruptions that can result from avian influenza detections.
The arrangement also creates a working group comprising government animal health officials and industry representatives from all three countries, which will serve as a forum for regular scientific discussions on avian influenza.