The Government of Canada has announced an investment of more than $3.7 million to strengthen the Canadian Pork Council’s national swine traceability system, bringing the total investment for this initiative up to $7 million.
The Canadian Pork Council’s traceability system, PigTrace Canada, is designed to track the movement of hogs across the country. Phase 1 of this initiative focused on the creation of a tag distribution system for hogs, while Phase 2 will focus on combining swine movement information into a national centralized database. “There is no doubt that a strong traceability system benefits Canadian producers, the value chain and consumers alike,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This investment will help the Canadian Pork Council continue the development of its hog traceability system and give our hog farmers the competitive edge they need to access markets around the world.”
The investment will be delivered through Growing Forward through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative, a program that supports national organizations in the development and implementation of traceability processes and systems.