The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is enhancing the way it monitors Canada's swine herd for diseases such as porcine brucellosis, trichinellosis and pseudorabies.

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Under the new surveillance system, the CFIA will regularly collect and test blood samples from mature animals at Canadian slaughter facilities, as opposed to conducting periodic, large-scale surveys as they have in the past. The process, which has gained the support of the Canadian Pork Council, the Canadian Swine Health Board and Canadian Pork International, is not expected to disrupt regular animal marketing activities. Additional sample collection points may be identified as the surveillance system is further developed and implemented.