Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 02, 2009 19:41 ET

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Statement by Minister Ritz

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2009) - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today issued the following statement regarding a case of H1N1 Influenza A identified at an Alberta hog farm.

"First and foremost, I want to make it clear that Canadian pork is safe. The international scientific community, including the OIE and WHO, agree that H1N1 Influenza A is not a food safety issue. We will continue to reassure Canadian consumers and our international trading partners that Canadian pork is safe.

"The case identified in Alberta is entirely contained. There is no threat to human or animal health.

"The CFIA is working closely with provincial authorities and the industry to intensively monitor the Canadian swine herd. Canada is committed to full transparency and is sharing the most current scientific information with the international community. The CFIA will continue to provide further updates as they become available.

"We will continue to work with our trading partners to ensure that trade decisions are based on sound science. We will continue to reiterate the fact that pork is safe as stated by the OIE and WHO.

"I have spoken to American Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make our American neighbours aware of the situation. He has assured me that Canadian hog producers will continue to have access to the American market. We will continue to work with our American partners as we deal with this issue.

"This Government will continue to work closely with Canadian pork producers to make sure they have the support they need."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600