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African swine fever: Keep it out

African swine fever: Keep it out

Let's be clear, it's not here.

Help keep African swine fever (ASF) out of Canada by making sure your food business complies with Canada's import and traceability requirements.

What is African swine fever and why is it important

ASF is a serious viral disease of pigs that can cause fever, internal bleeding and high death rates. It is highly contagious and can spread rapidly through both direct and indirect contact with infected pigs or pig products. The virus can survive for several months in fresh pork and processed pork products, which can be a risk for spreading the disease.

Although ASF is harmless to humans and is not a food safety risk, there is the possibility of introducing ASF into Canada through pork products imported from countries affected by ASF.

ASF in Canada could have a serious impact not only on the Canadian pork industry, but on food businesses. ASF could affect the trade and sale of pork products in Canada.

How to protect Canada from African swine fever

You can protect Canada from ASF by complying with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), which includes guidelines such as:

  • Food importers need a licence and must meet preventative control and traceability requirements
  • Pork can only be imported from approved countries by a licence holder
  • Retailers may need to meet traceability requirements and must not sell illegally imported pork and pork by-products

Tools and resources for food retailers

If you are not sure what the requirements are for your business you may find these other resources helpful.

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