Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 04, 2009 18:39 ET

Statement by Minister Ritz Regarding the Impact of H1N1 Influenza A on Canadian Pork Producers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today issued the following statement regarding the impact of the H1N1 Influenza A on Canadian pork producers.

"Once again I want to restate 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 Government of Canada continues to work closely with Canadian hog producers as they deal with the impact of H1N1 Influenza A.

"I have also spoken to China's ambassador, Lan Lijun, to reiterate that Canadian pork is safe. I strongly encouraged Ambassador Lan Lijun to ensure than China bases trade decisions on sound science.

"We will continue to stand up for Canadian pork producers and ensure that they are treated fairly by China and all members of the World Trade Organization.

"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.

"We are encouraging Canadian families to support struggling hog producers by picking up some pork next time they go to the grocery store.

"The Government of Canada 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
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary