Canada and EU agree ASF system


By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews



The EU and Canada have agreed to an African Swine Fever (ASF) zoning arrangement to allow for safe trade in the event of an outbreak of the disease.


Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the European Commissionís Department of Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) agreed the arrangement last week.


Zoning is an internationally recognized tool used to help manage diseases and facilitate international trade. If a positive case of ASF is confirmed in an area, geographic boundaries are defined to contain the outbreak. These geographic boundaries are control zones established in accordance with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) principles. The areas outside of these control zones are disease-free zones.


The move is part of continued actions to protect Canadian pigs and the economy in light of the pace at which ASF is spreading through parts of Asia and Europe. Benefiting Canadian farmers and producers, the arrangement is expected to allow for continued trade of pork and pork by-products from ASF-free zones.


Canada exported over $4.2m worth of pork and pork products to the EU in 2018. Overall it exported 1.2 million tonnes of pork, valued at $3.8bn, to 87 countries.


Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau said: