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Secretary Vilsack and Minister Ritz Reaffirm Support for Pork Industry

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

Canada's Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today re-affirmed that all appropriate steps are being taken to protect public health and strengthen the pork industry in both countries.

"We are confident that Canadian authorities are taking all necessary steps to protect the public and the pork industry," said Secretary Vilsack. "The international scientific community agrees that pork is safe. We are urging all countries to remove any restrictions on the movement of pork that are not based on sound science. A strong and respectful relationship is vital for pork industry in both Canada and the United States."

Both Canada and the U.S. recognize the scientific consensus of international scientific organizations that this is not a food safety issue and continue to re-affirm the fact that pork is safe.

 "Canada is committed to close scientific cooperation with our American counterparts," said Minister Ritz. "This is a great example of both countries rejecting protectionism and respecting international agreements to keep safe trade moving."

 Canada and the U.S. are collaborating closely to share diagnostic and research information with full transparency to protect human and animal health.

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