October 9, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding swine livestock haulers returning empty from the United States (U.S.) or other countries that regulatory requirements apply under the Health of Animals Regulations, section 106. (5) and its subsections. ·

The Regulatory requirements for empty livestock vehicles have been in effect since the mid-1990s and have helped maintain Canada free of the many serious diseases of swine, which are transmissible by manure. Returning trucks must undergo cleaning and disinfection (C&D) process in the U.S. before returning to Canada.

In February 2014, the CFIA, in consultation with the provinces, during the initial incursion of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus into Canada, had allowed for a temporary emergency protocol for cleaning and disinfection of empty swine trucks to be undertaken. The CFIA has reviewed the situation and has concluded that the outbreak of PED in Canada no longer merits an emergency response.

As of 00:01hours on October 1, 2015, the temporary emergency protocol instituted during the initial phase of PED in Canada was terminated and a temporary informed compliance period was initiated.

If you are not returning directly from a United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) abattoir and your conveyance has not been properly cleaned and disinfected as per the regulatory requirements, you are in contravention of subsection
106 (5.1) of the Health of Animals Regulations which states that "No person shall bring from the United States a conveyance that has been used to transport poultry or porcines unless it has been cleaned and disinfected."

During the informed compliance period, if your truck has not been cleaned and disinfected in the U.S., the existing procedures continue e to be in effect. Your truck must be sealed when you arrive at the border and you must have the required documentation completed for presentation to the Canada Border Services Agency. If these requirements are met, you will be permitted to proceed to the truck wash facility currently used for cleaning and disinfection prior to proceeding to any other destination in Canada.

Please be advised that as of January 13, 2016, the informed compliance period will be terminated and conveyances arriving at the border that have not been cleaned and disinfected in accordance with section 106 of the Health of Animals Regulations will be denied entry into Canada.

For more information please contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at:
1-800-442-2342 (press  7 to be connected to an agent.)