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Due to the bird flu, New York has added new, temporary regulations for the import of dairy cattle



New York – The state Department of Agriculture and Markets stated on Monday that following the discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu, in dairy cattle and goats in numerous other states, there would be additional temporary import criteria for dairy cattle arriving in additional York.

The regulations include:

• the ban of importation of dairy cattle from a premises with a confirmed case of HPAI or a premises under investigation as a suspect premises
• A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days before entry into New York for any dairy cattle imported from affected states
• A statement in CVIs issued for dairy cattle from affected states that says “All animals identified on the Certificate of Veterinary (CVI) have been examined and do not originate from a premises with a confirmed detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or that is currently under investigation as a suspect premises.”

Until further notice, these requirements shall remain in effect.

The state declared there were none. At this point, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that there is no hazard to human health even though HPAI cases have been found in animals in New York.

According to the state, pasteurization eliminates dangerous bacteria and pathogens in milk, including the influenza virus, thus pasteurized milk and dairy products are still safe to ingest. Eating properly cooked animal products is also unaffected.