The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping the pork industry step up measures to contain the spread of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.
Ontario is providing $2 million to help Ontario Pork support industry-wide investments to improve biosecurity measures at critical points across the province, such as assembly yards and truck washing stations. Biosecurity remains the best tool to protect swine herds.
The governments of Canada and Ontario have also created a special PED biosecurity program under Growing Forward 2 to help producers, abattoirs, truckers, assembly facilities, and rendering service providers in the pork industry invest in additional biosecurity measures to limit the spread of PED. This initiative is in addition to the existing Growing Forward 2 funding assistance program. Ontario will administer the fund, and applications will be accepted until March 13, 2014.
Investing in enhanced biosecurity measures is part of the federal and provincial governments' actions to foster a strong agricultural sector.
- PED is not a risk to human health or food safety.
- PED is usually fatal for piglets, while older pigs can recover.
- After circulating widely in Europe and Asia, the virus was first seen in the U.S. in April 2013 and is now known to be in more than 20 states. Canada’s first case was identified last week in Middlesex County.
Our Government recognizes the importance of the Canadian hog industry in creating jobs and economic growth. This investment allows Ontario to utilize the flexibility of Growing Forward 2 to support producers and the industry in improving biosecurity.”