Notice to Industry – New national voluntary biosecurity standard for the cervid industry

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June 6, 2017, Ottawa – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in conjunction with the Canadian Cervid Alliance, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and other stakeholders,  has developed the new voluntary National Cervid Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard to help protect Canada's farmed cervid industry from animal diseases.

In 2014, the CFIA collaborated with the Canadian Cervid Alliance, provincial governments, industry organizations, producers, academia and private veterinarians to establish the Cervid Biosecurity Advisory Committee (CerBAC) to develop a national biosecurity standard for the cervid industry.

The voluntary standard helps producers keep cervids healthy by:

  • providing best management practices, guidelines and target outcomes to minimize, prevent, and control the introduction and/or spread of pathogens and pests;
  • promoting a consistent and science-based approach for managing risks of animal diseases;
  • increasing awareness and knowledge of disease risks; and
  • identifying potential gaps in current disease control measures.

A planning guide to help producers achieve the target outcomes is being developed.

Cervid producers are encouraged to use the standard to review and improve their current disease management and animal health practices.

Funding to develop the standard has been provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework. Since 2009, 15 national biosecurity standards have been published in Canada for major animal and plant commodities.

Learn more about national biosecurity standards by visiting the CFIA website.

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