The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) applauds the $7.5 million granted to Canadian Agri‐Traceability Services (CATS) by the Canadian federal government. The investment will go a long way to helping the pig industry move forward with the development of a world class traceability system, according to the CPC.
“CPC has been a long‐time supporter of a single, national traceability service provider for all livestock species. By pooling resources and working together, Canada’s livestock industry will have a cost‐effective technical infrastructure to support our traceability programs for many years to come,” stated Normand Martineau, chair of CPC’s PigTrace Canada. “CPC’s PigTrace program is the one of the first users of the CATS technology, which has been modified to support the needs of the pork sector and PigTrace.”
“Animal health and foreign animal disease preparedness are key priorities for industry" recognized CPC’s chair, Jean‐Guy Vincent. “The traceability information collected will be used to contain and reduce the spread of foreign diseases so they can be eliminated and this announcement takes the livestock industry one step closer to making traceability a feasible and valuable tool for Canadian producers in every way possible."
The Canadian Pork Council serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, the organization's purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.