“To date, no epidemiological data suggest that the disease can be transmitted to humans through properly cooked food (even if contaminated with the virus prior to cooking). However, in a few instances, cases have been linked to consumption of dishes made of raw contaminated poultry blood.” (Link to AI WHO word doc in web folder)
Yes, the chicken you eat in Australia is grown in Australia. From your local takeaway or supermarket to your 5-star restaurant you’ll only find Australian chicken. Thanks to our strict quarantine policies, chicken imports are banned to protect our chickens from disease.
Avian influenza (a bird disease) is not present in Australia. It is however quite widespread in some South-East Asian countries and China and has made its appearance in a range of other countries, most recently Turkey, Nigeria, Italy, Germany and France. Australian chickens are free of avian influenza and the industry has rigorous systems to [...]
Avian influenza is not in your food. If you’ve heard about avian influenza and you’re concerned about the safety of eating poultry products you can relax - it is safe to eat poultry products in Australia. (Link to retailer pamphlet PDF in AI folder)