Board of Directors welcomes new and returning members

The Alberta Pork Board of Directors welcomes its latest members, following an election for two available Director-at-Large positions. On Mar. 16, a representative from the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council visited Alberta Pork’s office in Edmonton to witness the unsealing of the ballot envelopes and boxes, and to verify the count performed by Alberta Pork…

Coronavirus has not hurt pork demand in China

As of this article’s publication, nearly 45,000 cases of the recently named COVID-19 novel coronavirus have resulted in more than 1,100 deaths worldwide since first reported in China on January 27, 2020. Almost immediately, comparisons were made with the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak that also started in China in 2002 and ended up…

Alberta sample tests weak-positive for PED

A sample collected by Alberta’s swine disease surveillance program has tested weak environmental positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The sample was taken from a location in Alberta and analyzed at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s laboratory on January 22, 2020. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to mitigate any risks…

Humane transport regulations in effect next month

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations will change next month, following several years of consultation with industry. The changes, affecting animal transporters, were first announced in February 2019 and will officially come into force on February 20, 2020. The new requirements have been introduced and take an outcome-based approach to ensure…