On June 20, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) published notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin regarding the establishment of an interstate Quarantine Order for all live bird markets and breaker eggs shipped interstate to Pennsylvania. The order became effective upon publication.
Enacted to reduce the potential exposure of Pennsylvania poultry to highly pathogenic avian influenza, the interstate Quarantine Order applies to “live bird markets,” defined as markets that sell live birds for consumers or sell live birds and slaughter them on-premises for customers, and “breaker eggs,” defined as eggs that are cracked and sold in liquid form to be used by wholesale bakers and restaurants. According to the order, poultry and breaker eggs that originate from states where Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been detected are not allowed into the Commonwealth unless the products are properly tested and documented.
In a press release issued by PDA, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding stated, “As avian influenza continues to spread eastward, we have increased our monitoring and protocols to safeguard the state’s $13 billion poultry industry.” Additionally, Secretary Redding noted, “[w]ith this order, Pennsylvania’s biosecurity efforts are strengthened without impeding commerce.”
Currently, avian influenza has been confirmed in twenty states.
Written by Katharine Richter - Research Assistant
June 22, 2015