The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is telling visitors from the Philippines not to bring pork products with them when they travel to Canada. The CFIA advisory includes cooked, frozen, processed and fresh pork products.
CFIA ADVISORY: DON’T BRING PORK TO CANADA
The CFIA is the Government of Canada’s agency responsible for safeguarding the safeguarding Canada’s food, animals and plants, enhancing the health and well-being of Canada’s citizens, environment and economy.
The advisory includes cooked, frozen, processed and fresh pork products.
The advisory is in response to a continuing outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in South East Asia.
ASF NOT HARMFUL TO HUMANS, FATAL TO PIGS
While ASF is not harmful to people, it causes hemorrhagic fever in swine, often fatal.
There is no known cure for ASF.
While there have been no known instances of ASF in Canada, the CFIA is not taking any chances, taking proactive steps in disseminating information to the public on how to prevent ASF.
Travellers from countries with identified instances of ASF, including the Philippines, can bring ASF with them through contaminated clothing and food processing equipment.
CFIA ADVISORY RECOMMENDS TAKING STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF AFS
CFIA recommends taking the following steps:
- Wash or dispose of all clothing and footwear worn while travelling to a country that is infected with ASF before re-entering Canada.
- Declare all animal and food products at the border: neglecting to do so could result in monetary penalties of up to $1,300.
- Declare it at the border if you’ve visited a farm abroad.
- If you’ve visited a farm in an ASF-infected country you should not visit a pig farm in Canada for at least 14 days.
Canada’s hog industry generates CAD9.8 billion annually.
Find more information about the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and its pork advisory here: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/protect-pigs
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