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Animal Health Awareness Campaign Launched

by 5m Editor
16 November 2009, at 7:23am

CANADA - The Government of Canada launched a national awareness campaign focused on key farm management practices that will help keep animals healthy and safeguard the Canadian food supply.

The announcement was made on 13 November by Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.

"Farmers have a long-standing and successful history of using preventive measures as a means of keeping animals healthy on Canadian farms," said Mr Miller on behalf of Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz. "This campaign will remind farmers that farm-level biosecurity is the best investment they can make to maintain the health of their animals’ and business."

As part of the Animal Health Awareness Campaign, producers across Canada will receive tips and information about biosecurity measures. Producers will be encouraged to revisit their biosecurity plans, continue to observe their animals for signs of illness and regularly consult with their veterinarians on the health of their animals.

"Healthy animals strengthen the viability of Canada’s agriculture sector – increasing food safety protection for consumers and building trust and confidence among trading partners," said Mr Ritz. "Our government will continue to invest in on-farm biosecurity measures to protect the health of our animals and the industry as a whole."

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has developed this campaign and national biosecurity standards, protocols and strategies for livestock, poultry and aquaculture production in collaboration with producer organisations, provincial/territorial governments and academia.

You can find out more information about animal health protection by clicking here.