Canada and the European Union agreed to an African swine fever (ASF) zoning arrangement on Wednesday to allow for safe trade of swine products from disease-free zones in the event of an ASF outbreak.
This effort is part of Canada’s continued actions to protect the Canadian pig herd and the economy, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.
Zoning, an internationally recognized tool to help manage diseases and facilitate international trade, uses defined geographic boundaries to contain an outbreak. These boundaries are control zones established in accordance with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Principles. The areas outside of these control zones are disease-free zones.
“Through continued international collaboration, the Government of Canada is taking a leadership role in preventing and mitigating the potential impact of ASF, should it be introduced to Canada. Following the recently announced Canada/US zoning arrangement, we have now reached a similar arrangement with the EU so that our farmers can continue to earn their livelihoods from the trade of pork and pork products in case ASF is found in Canada," said The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Canada exported over 4.2 million dollars’ worth of pork and pork products to the EU in 2018. Canada is the third-largest pork exporting country in both value and volume and represents 20% of the world’s pork trade. Pork contributes about $24 billion to the Canadian economy annually.
“Canada and EU will continue to share expertise to prevent and control the spread of African swine fever. This arrangement is testament to our continued cooperation with international partners and our commitment to mitigating the potential impacts of ASF on Canada’s economy,” said Jaspinder Komal, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada.
For more on the spread of ASF, visit porkbusiness.com/ASF.
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