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Chief Veterinary Officers of Canada and U.S. Issue Statement on Trade and ASF

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

United States Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), Dr. Jack Shere, and Canada's CVO, Dr. Jaspinder Komal, announced an agreement last week allowing safe trade to continue in the event African Swine Fever (ASF) is reported in either country. "Canada and the United States have worked to modify their export certificates to allow trade of live swine, swine semen, pet food and animal by-products and meat to continue trade in approved disease-free zones in the event of an ASF outbreak," Shere and Komal wrote in a statement detailing the agreement. This agreement builds on Canada and U.S. zoning arrangements that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and USDA entered into Aug. 15, 2018, which set out principles for zoning and trade to safeguard American and Canadian pork industries.

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