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Canadian pork industry gets traceability funding

Government invests nearly $2 million to strengthen traceability and biosecurity

Canada's pork industry will be getting a $2 million boost from the government.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement at the Canada Pork International Annual Meeting in Toronto two weeks ago.

The Canadian Pork Council will receive $1.6 million towards the implementation and maintenance of PigTraceCanada – a national traceability system. As of last July, federal regulations made swine traceability mandatory in Canada.

The Canadian Swine Health Board, meanwhile, will receive up to $351,000 to help manage swine issues and prevent future illness.

"The Canadian pork industry is a key driver of jobs and economic growth across the country," said Ritz. "Supported by governments and producers, these industry-led organizations are leading the development of world-class traceability and animal health systems that will help secure Canada's reputation for producing safe, high-quality food."

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