(Submitted by Anita Bathe)

Things are finally getting back to normal in the Fraser Valley after several farms were hit with the avian flu.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has now removed most restrictions.

Garnet Etsell with the BC Poultry Association says farmers are feeling relieved because they no longer have to submit permits every time they want to move birds

“The added work on top of what we had to do, the permitting process, while it’s necessary and we recognize the need for it, it still is cumbersome on top of what you’re already doing to run an operation.”

Etsell says all infected farms have finished with the required cleaning and disinfecting.

Three of them are still under quarantine for another 21 days because a certain amount of time is required.

While we can now move poultry to rest of Canada, some international restrictions remain.