Around the Point October 2015

Canadian health officials have dropped their ban on poultry for four U.S. states that have been free of any signs of bird flu.

On September 1, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced birds from Washington, California, Oregon and Idaho were free of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and are safe to import. Poultry from Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and North and South Dakota are still at risk.

The CFIA instituted the ban in late 2014, after thousands of birds in British Columbia had to be destroyed following an outbreak.

As a result of the current restriction, items such as raw poultry or other byproducts like eggs or pet food are not allowed into Canada if they are processed, sourced or packaged in any of the eight restricted states. CFIA has also placed a ban on live birds or hatching eggs, feathers, poultry manure and laboratory material containing poultry byproducts.

Commercial imports are restricted from certain quarantined zones throughout Canada until further notice. Pet birds must be cleared through the U.S. Department of Agriculture before crossing the border.

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The Point Roberts Saturday Market at the community center wrapped up for the year on Labor Day weekend, but organizers are planning to move inside for a Harvest Art, Craft and Collectible Fair.

“I figured it would be something fun to do over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend,” organizer Jessica McVey said.

The October 10 event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main room and hallway of the Gulf Road community center, while the Friends of the Point Roberts Library will hold a book sale in the pool room.

Vendors can rent a table for $10 and those proceeds will go to the new library building fund.

Vendors can include “nice collectible items and any art or craft,” McVey said. So far six vendors have signed up offering jewelry, garden art, beauty products and photography.

Tables are available for up to 17, and interested vendors can contact McVey at 945-0409 to reserve one. Vendors can also sign up for the Christmas Gift Fair, scheduled for December 5 and 6 at the community center.

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