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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 141. Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Agricultural Animals, Pet Animals, and Other Animals or Birds into Virginia

2VAC5-141-60. Poultry entry requirements; exemptions.

A. Within the 30 days prior to its date of entry into Virginia, poultry must be deemed healthy and free of infectious diseases and all required tests must be completed. Proof of examination and test results must be submitted with the permit request and on a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection; VS 9-3, if the shipper is a NPIP participant; or in a format approved by the State Veterinarian. All poultry shall be accompanied by an electronic or written Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, VS 9-3, or alternative movement document approved by the State Veterinarian, which shall be in the possession of the person in charge of such poultry.

B. Chickens, turkeys, and hatching eggs of chickens and turkeys shall not be imported into Virginia unless originating exclusively from flocks or hatcheries participating in the NPIP or issued a permit and found to be negative on a Pullorum-typhoid test within 30 days prior to entry.

C. Poultry shall not be imported into Virginia unless the following conditions are met concerning avian influenza (H5 and H7):

1. Requirements governing hatching eggs and certain day-old birds:

a. Hatching eggs shall originate from a breeder flock that participates in and meets the requirements of the "U.S. Avian Influenza Clean" program for chickens or the "U.S. H5/H7 Avian Influenza Clean" program for turkeys of the NPIP.

b. Day-old chickens, day-old game birds, and day-old turkeys shall originate from a hatchery that only handles hatching eggs that originate from breeding flocks that participate in and meet the requirements of the "U.S. Avian Influenza Clean" or the "U.S. H5/H7 Avian Influenza Clean" programs of the NPIP.

c. A statement certifying that the breeder flock shipping hatching eggs and all breeder flocks supplying eggs to the hatchery shipping day-old chickens, day-old game birds, or day-old turkeys participates in and meets the requirements of the "U.S. Avian Influenza Clean" or the "U.S. H5/H7 Avian Influenza Clean" programs of the NPIP shall be provided.

2. Requirements governing all other poultry:

a. The poultry shall be tested and found negative for avian influenza (H5 and H7) within 14 days prior to entry into Virginia or shall come from a flock that has first been tested with negative results within 14 days prior to entry into Virginia as follows:

(1) Breeding chickens and turkeys: 20 birds per house minimum, or for flocks of 500 or fewer, 20 birds minimum as long as all houses and pens on the premises are represented.

(2) Grow-out turkeys for immediate slaughter at a slaughter establishment: 10 birds per house minimum for multi-stage farms and 10 birds per farm, with at least five birds per house, on single-stage farms.

(3) Broiler chickens less than or equal to 70 days of age for immediate slaughter at a slaughter establishment: 11 birds per premises with at least one per house.

b. The results of the tests for avian influenza are recorded and signed by an accredited veterinarian in the state of origin or are recorded on a report issued by a laboratory approved by any state or federal animal authority. Only agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), polymerase chain reaction (PCR), virus isolation, or other avian influenza test methods approved by the State Veterinarian and conducted in a laboratory approved by a state or federal animal health authority will be permitted.

D. This chapter shall not apply to birds that are passing directly through Virginia to another state in interstate commerce.

E. This section shall not be construed to (i) permit the entry into Virginia of any species otherwise prohibited or restricted by any state or federal law, regulation, or directive; or (ii) contravene additional entry requirements imposed by any state or federal law, regulation, or directive.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-5902 and 3.2-6002 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 8, eff. January 18, 2012; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 19, 2015; Volume 35, Issue 9, eff. February 7, 2019.

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