The letter outlined the CFIA’s recognition of the Canadian Swine Health Board’s (CSHB) National Swine Farm-level Biosecurity Standard, a standard which was developed by the CSHB along with a technical expert committee and input from over 100 biosecurity experts in Canada and overseas.
Chairman of the CSHB’s Biosecurity Advisory Committee Bill Ballantyne said: “This official recognition by CFIA raises the profile of our National Swine Farm-level Biosecurity Standard. This third-party recognition of our Standard will also provide reassurance to customers that appropriate steps to protect animal health are being followed.”
According to the CSHB, the aim of the National Swine Farm-level biosecurity Standard is to help the swine industry to attain and use the strategic objectives of bio-exclusion, bio-management and bio-containment of swine pathogens as well as zoonoses within Canada.
The CSHB also said that the National Swine Farm-level Biosecurity standards were unique in being developed by them, as the CFIA usually develops such standards in collaboration with industry organisations, as well as other stakeholders.
CSHB was formed to address swine health challenges and the organisation said it was there to tackle issues by “proactively addressing swine health challenges through leadership, coordination and support in the management of the health of the Canadian swine herd”.
Members of the CSHB include the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Canadian Association of Veterinary Colleges, the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, the Canadian Meat Council and the Canadian Pork Council.