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Canadian milk in stores showing no signs of avian flu

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has teamed up with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada to monitor dairy cattle in Canada for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

This is being done as a precaution, as HPAI continues to spread in the US.

"Commercially sold milk and milk products remain safe to consume," said the CFIA on its website. "In Canada, milk must be pasteurized before sale. The pasteurization process kills harmful bacteria and viruses, including HPAI, ensuring milk and milk products are safe to drink and eat."

The CFIA has tested 303 samples that are being sold across the country in grocery stores. All samples have come back negative, free of HPAI. In Ontario, 75 samples were taken.

There have been no confirmed cases of HPAI in cattle in the country, according to the CFIA.

Next steps will be discussed by the government.

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