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ASF Forum draws proactive international crowd

Manitoba Pork participated in the international African swine fever (ASF) Forum hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Ottawa this week.

4 May 2019, at 11:17am

With speakers and participants from the United States, Mexico, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, China and elsewhere, the Forum highlighted the importance of preventing and preparing for the introduction of ASF into North America.

Building on the pillars of Preparedness Planning, Enhanced Biosecurity, Ensuring Business Continuity and Coordinated Risk Communications, participants were provided with current scientific information and approaches being used around the world to manage ASF. We were then given the opportunity to identify gaps and suggest topics for further consideration.

Manitoba Pork welcomes the level of action being taken by the CFIA and the Canadian Pork Council as they work toward preventing ASF from entering Canada, while at the same time preparing for any eventuality.

On the home front, the best line of defence for the Manitoba hog sector is strong biosecurity. Always keep biosecurity top of mind on your premises and be aware of potential risk factors from countries affected by ASF and other foreign animal diseases.

Click here to visit the CPC’s ASF webpage for further information.