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Full Swine Traceability Takes a Big Step Forward

February 28, 2014 The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) welcomes today’s publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette to amend Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations.  The amendment brings into law the requirements for swine traceability and marks an important milestone in the establishment of a national swine traceability system.  “The CPC has invested significant time and resource in planning and implementing improvements to the Canadian swine traceability system and looks forward to having this program available to producers,” stated, CPC’s Chair Jean-Guy Vincent. CPC’s traceability program, Pigtrace Canada, will continue to work with the pork industry and with the federal and provincial goverments to become compliant with the published regulatory requirements that will come into force on July 1, 2014. An effective traceability system requires significant investment in technology and time from all industry stakeholders, and a significant investment in ...

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Quebec PED Risk Analysis Shows Cost Could Hit 40 Million Dollars

Feb 28, 2014 (from Farmscape.com) An analysis of the risks associated with PED to Quebec's pork industry shows the infection could cost up to 40 million dollars in the first year. CDPQ, the Swine Development and Innovation Centre in Quebec, in partnership with the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Quebec's Swine Health Advisory Board and Quebec's Pork Producers Council has conducted a risk analysis of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Quebec, developed strategies to minimize those risks and identify potential costs. The analysis which was conducted in response to a new infection circulating through the U.S. identified nine key risks including trucks coming from and going to the U.S., importation of live animals from the U.S. or other provinces, cull animals going to the U.S. and the barns where that are assembled, importation of semen from the U.S. and feed. Dr. Christian Klopsenstein, a veterinarian with a PhD in epidemiology responsible for swine health management with CDPQ, notes ...

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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (Pedv) Notice: Saskatchewan Environmental Positive

February 28, 2014 The first confirmed PEDv sample has been found in Saskatchewan.  It was detected during an inspection of a transport vehicle on return from the United States.  The contaminated equipment was dealt with in a safe manner to prevent spread of the virus. Inspection of trailers and equipment is a critical step in ensuring PEDv does not spread. The official statement of the Chief Veterinary Officer of Saskatchewan, Dr. Betty Althouse follows: “Notice from the Chief Veterinary Officer of Saskatchewan” A positive environmental sample for TGE and PED was detected in Saskatchewan on dirty boots in a trailer returning from the USA on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The sample was sent to NCFAD in Winnipeg for confirmation and PED was confirmed on February 26m 2014. The dirty boots were in a plastic tub storage container at the back of the trailer, and had been worn when unloading animals at an Iowa slaughter plant. Genetic sequencing shows that the PED virus i ...

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Ontario Swine Health Officials Focus on Limiting Spread of PED Until Warmer Weather

February 25, 2014 (from Farmscape.com) The chair of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board says swine health officials are focussing on rapid detection and containing the spread as they work to address Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, first identified in the United States in May of 2013, has now spread to 25 states affecting more than 35 hundred U.S. swine operations. The first case in Canada was reported in Middlesex County Ontario in January and has since been confirmed in 18 additional sites and cases were confirmed ten days ago in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. Dr. Doug Mac Dougald, the chair of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board, told those on hand for a Town Hall conference call last week the goal in Ontario is to contain the infection until warmer weather when the virus will become easier to control. "In Ontario our focus is eliminate it from the known sites and we know we will be successful in eliminating it from the known sites. We ar ...

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Grand Valley Fortifiers Issue Statement on Voluntary Feed Recall

February 21, 2014 The statement below was issued by Grand Valley Fortifiers: On February 9th Grand Valley Fortifiers issued a recall and a promise to fully refund our pelleted nursery feeds that contained blood plasma ingredients. This difficult decision was made because we recognized that several of our clients were being affected by the PED virus. When we made that decision there was no conclusive evidence that we were part of the contamination chain, but we acted as quickly as possible to protect our customers and the swine industry. As additional cases have been confirmed over the last week, we now believe that Grand Valley Fortifiers may have received contaminated blood plasma from a major North American manufacturer, and our hearts and prayers go out to all those who are now struggling with us to fight this new and aggressive virus. From the beginning we have fostered a transparent working relationship with veterinarians and government authorities including The Ontario Ministry of Agricul ...

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Feed Samples Test Positive for PED Virus

February 20, 2014 Following the recent finding of PED virus in feed samples obtained at the third-party manufacturer for Grand Valley Fortifiers, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a statement. This development underscores the fact that PEDv can invade your farm in a number of ways. Alberta Pork therefore encourages you to work with your veterinarian and thoroughly assess your biosecurity procedures for all facets of your operation. Establishing proper biosecurity procedures and ensuring that they are followed at all times will always be the key to preventing PEDv and protecting your business. Also, in the face of a potential PEDv outbreak in Alberta, it is strongly recommended by Alberta Pork that all swine movements be manifested and reported to the Alberta Pork Traceability Program. For more information, contact Christina Carley, Alberta Pork’s Traceability Coordinator, at 1-877-247-7675 or email Christina.carley@albertapork.com. Below is the statement from the CFIA ...

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Pig Virus ‘Suspected’ in PEI, Three New Cases in Ontario

Feb 16, 2014 (from Farms.com) Prince Edward Island (PEI) has a suspected case of the pig-killing virus – porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), and Ontario has three new cases. This is the latest development in the spread of PED - the virus has now been detected in Ontario, Manitoba and another case is under investigation in PEI. “It’s a highly suspect case, it’s been confirmed locally,” said Robert Harding, Executive Director of the Canadian Swine Health Board. Samples from the PEI farm in question have been submitted to the national lab in Winnipeg for further testing. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was reached for comment, but deferred our inquiry about the suspected PED case in PEI to the province’s department of agriculture. “Investigations and responses to PED are led by provincial authorities and the industry,” said Guy Gravelle, Media Relations representative for CFIA.   “The CFIA continues to work wi ...

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Suspected Case of PEDv in Manitoba

February 14, 2014 (from Manitoba Pork.com) The Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) of Manitoba has reported the first positive samples of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) from pigs on a weaned to finish farm in Manitoba. The samples have been sent to the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg for confirmation. PEDv is fatal for very young pigs while most older pigs recover. The virus does not affect food safety and is not a risk to human health or other animals. Pork remains a safe choice for consumers to eat. “We are following a response plan we had in place in collaboration with the CVO. The site has been contained and neighbours in the area are being contacted by veterinarians,” said Manitoba Pork Chair, Karl Kynoch. “The producer is cooperating with the CVO and the attending veterinarian. All steps are being taken to contain the virus on the farm and an investigation has been initiated.” PEDv is highly contagious, so it’s crucial producers m ...

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New Strain of PEDv Found in United States

February 11, 2014 According to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a second strain of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has been detected. The virus has swept through the US, detected in Iowa in April 2013. And to date have been confirmed in 23 US states and recently two cases have been confirm In Ontario, Canada. The main pork producing state in Canada. Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory states that "Based on the data currently available, it appears unlikely that this strain is a mutant evolved from PEDV previously identified in US swine. Determination of the entire genome sequences of these new PEDVs are in progress and will help determine the origin of the viruses." The report is below: New PEDV Strains detected in US Swine 1-30-2014    Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL) is offering PEDV S1 (first 2.2 kb portion  of the spike gene) sequencing to the clientele to help ...

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Porcine Epidemic Virus (PEDv) Found in Montana

February 10, 2014   Test results have confirmed Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) at a swine production facility in Montana.   “Add Montana to the list of states hit by the virus,” said state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski after receiving laboratory confirmation over the weekend. PED –  which poses no threat to human health, food safety or other livestock – causes diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration, and can have mortality rates of up to 100 percent in suckling pigs. It was first found in the U.S. less than a year ago (April 2013) but has already spread to 24 states, with more than 2,100 separate positive cases reported. Zaluski said that suckling pig losses at the affected operations have been “significant. ”The department is working with the producer, attending veterinarians and the Montana Pork Producers Council to contain the outbreak to the premises. PED is highly contagious, Zaluski said, stressing the &ldquo ...

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