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Notice to industry – New voluntary national biosecurity standard for livestock, poultry and deadstock transportation

March 29, 2018, Ottawa – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Animal Health Coalition have developed the new voluntary National Biosecurity Standard for Livestock, Poultry and Deadstock Transportation (LPDT).

The purpose of the LPDT Standard is to create a common understanding of biosecurity practices to help prevent the spread or transmission of diseases during livestock, poultry and deadstock transportation. Implementing these best practices will help maintain a biosecurity chain while animals or deadstock are transported to or from farms and other agricultural facilities, better protecting Canada's animals and economy from the damage caused by animal disease.

Animals are frequently moved for business or other reasons. Improved transportation efficiency and logistical capacity allow animals to be transported long distances in relatively short time. Transportation poses a risk of spreading infectious diseases. The LPDT Standard describes biosecurity best practices for various phases of transportation, including cleaning and disinfection procedures. It is a reference guide for livestock, poultry and deadstock transporters and for other agricultural service providers and producers when transporting the following:

Commercial companies and independent drivers are encouraged to incorporate these voluntary biosecurity measures into their transportation practices. In addition, the Standard will be incorporated into the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program, administered by the Canadian Animal Health Coalition.

The LPDT Standard was developed over two years as a collaborative initiative led by the CFIA and the Canadian Animal Health Coalition, along with representatives from producer associations, renderer associations, transport companies, private veterinary practitioners and the Council of Chief Veterinary Officers (representing provincial governments).

Funding to develop the standard was provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework. Learn more about national biosecurity standards.

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