Canada's reputation for producing high quality swine and pork products is directly attributable to producers' ongoing commitment to maintaining disease-free status in their swine herds. Many diseases prevalent in livestock 20-30 years ago have all but been eradicated with the implementation of comprehensive biosecurity protocols, improved breeding and genetics and strict adherence to on-farm food safety programs.
To prevent the spread of disease in Canadian swine herds, and to protect Canada's export markets, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency enforces adherence to strict controls and quarantine measure at borders to ensure no diseased animals enter Canada or are exported.
The Canadian Pork industry is committed to expanding the current knowledge and science on emerging diseases that can detrimentally affect the Canadian pig herds. Levy dollars collected from producers are applied to funding numerous Canadian research organizations whose work has a positive impact on the entire north American swine industry.
Additional information on swine diseases can be found at the following links: