Canada’s pork industry has been given the equivalent of just over £1 million of new government funding to strengthen traceability and biosecurity, including the development of an app for disease surveillance and research into improving truck washing.
The new funding was announced by Canada’s farm minister, Gerry Ritz (pictured) during Canada Pork International’s recent annual meeting in Toronto.
“The Canadian pork industry is a key driver of jobs and economic growth across the country,” said Mr Ritz. “Supported by governments and producers, these industry-led organizations are leading the development of world-class traceability and animal health systems that will help secure Canada’s reputation for producing safe, high-quality food.”
The bulk of the new funding is allocated for use by the Canadian Pork Council, going towards the maintenance and implementation of PigTrace Canada, an industry-led national swine traceability system.
The Canadian Swine Health Board will also receive funding to “assist the industry with the long-term management of swine health issues and the prevention of the PEDv”.