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Canadian Poultry and Fowl

Savour the Possibilities

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A plump turkey with chestnut stuffing, roasted to perfection. Chicken and mushrooms simmered in red wine. Succulent Cornish hens in an orange glaze. No matter how it's prepared, Canadian poultry is a feast for the senses.

In Canada, roast turkey is traditional fare at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and roast chicken is often our first choice for other special occasions. But Canadian poultry isn't just for festivities - it's good all year round because it's so tasty and versatile. From chicken teriyaki to turkey vindaloo, there's nothing quite like it - and even better, it's healthy. Every delicious mouthful of Canadian turkey or chicken is low in fats and high in protein, and contains amino acids, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, zinc and many other essential nutrients.

Setting the world's table

Canada has almost 5,000 commercial poultry and egg producers, exporting a wide range of products to about 100 countries. Chicken, eggs and turkey dominate the industry, but we also raise and export ducks and geese, as well as game birds such as pheasant, partridge, guinea fowl, quail and squab.

We're also known for less traditional fowl, including ostriches, emus and rheas, which we raise for their extremely lean meat and for their hides, feather and oils. And, because different cultures and countries have different requirements for the food products they use, Canada's industry is equipped to provide halal-certified and kosher poultry, together with a wide range of organic products.

Quality and reliability

With Canadian poultry, there's no compromise when it comes to quality, hygiene and reliability. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) oversees the industry through its Food Safety Enhancement Program, ensuring that Canadian poultry is free from disease and that it retains its high quality from egg to supermarket.

As well, the four major poultry producers' organizations - the Chicken Farmers of Canada, the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency, the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency and the Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Marketing Agency - have on-farm safety programs and codes of practice that help ensure the reliability and safety of Canadian poultry products. Their work, together with that of the CFIA, means that consumer trust in Canadian poultry is extremely high - and with good reason!

Taste the Canadian difference

Whether it's a festival feast or an everyday meal, Canadian poultry makes a delectable dish for any table. For more information about Canada's poultry industry, please visit us at:

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