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New York implements new rules for dairy cattle imports amid bird flu concerns

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New York has introduced temporary import requirements for dairy cattle due to the detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in several other states, the state’s Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Monday. The new measures aim to prevent the spread of the virus into New York’s livestock population.

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Under the new regulations, the importation of dairy cattle from premises with confirmed or suspected cases of HPAI is banned. Additionally, all dairy cattle entering New York from affected states must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 10 days prior to entry. The CVI must confirm that the animals do not originate from premises under investigation for HPAI.

The state confirmed that no cases of HPAI have been detected in New York livestock so far. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reassured the public that there is no threat to human health from HPAI, and that pasteurized milk and dairy products are safe to consume. These precautionary import requirements will remain in effect until further notice.