SHERBROOKE, QC, March 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food,announced new funding of up to $31 million to increase the number of detector dogs at Canadian airports to help prevent illegally imported meat products from entering into Canada. This funding
Illegally imported meat and meat products from countries affected by African swine fever (ASF) present one of the greatest risks for introducing this animal disease to Canada. Detector dogs are our best available method to intercept meat products, making them the most effective tool in protecting Canada's swine population from ASF as well as other animal diseases.
Canada is also pleased to announce it is hosting the first international ASF forum in Ottawa from April 30 to May 1, 2019. In collaboration with the United States and supported by leaders from Mexico, the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), provincial, territorial and state partners, as well as industry, this forum will provide an opportunity to further strengthen international cooperation to stop the spread of ASF.
Although Canada has never had a case of ASF, the disease continues to spread in parts of Asia and Europe. ASF poses no risk to human health, but it could disrupt Canada's pork industry, which includes over 100,000 direct and indirect Canadian jobs.
Canada is recognized internationally as having strong programs in place to prevent and control the spread of foreign animal diseases into and within the country. The Government of Canada continues to work with partners to maintain a high level of vigilance through actions that include:
Travel and pork entering Canada
In addition to these measures, the Government of Canada is also working with industry, provincial, federal and international partners:
More information on the Government of Canada's efforts regarding ASF can be found on CFIA's webpage.
"As Canada's new Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, I am committed to continuing Canada's efforts to prevent the introduction of African swine fever into the country. By working collaboratively, producers, the Canadian public at large and the international community can help stop the spread of this deadly disease affecting swine populations and protect Canada's fourth largest agricultural sector."
-The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Foreign animal diseases pose a serious threat to Canadian industry. While there has never been a case of African swine fever in Canada, the Canada Border Service Agency recognizes the risks posed by travellers and commercial imports, and has taken steps to keep our country safe. Adding additional trained detector dogs will further strengthen their capacity in the years ahead."
-The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
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