CQA program obligations remain in place

For producers certified under the existing Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program, a reminder that program obligations are still in place, including your annual validation renewal. If yours is approaching due, please be diligent in following up with your validator. At the Alberta Pork annual general meeting in November 2018, our producers voted to pass a…

Second PED case discovered in Alberta

A 600-head farrow-to-finish hog operation in Alberta has contracted the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, a disease that causes diarrhea and vomiting in pigs. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fully investigate this outbreak and prevent the disease from spreading further. This is the second-ever reported case of PED in…

Provincial election 2019: boundary changes

The next Alberta provincial election will occur on or before May 31, 2019. With each election cycle comes the possibility of constituency boundary adjustments. The constituency in which you lived or voted in 2015—the last provincial election—may have changed for this year. By law, the total number of constituencies (87) remains the same in 2019…

Do not feed food scraps to pigs

Pigs can eat many things, but that does not mean they should. Alberta Pork strongly disapproves the use of any human food scraps as pig feed. By feeding scraps, it is quite possible you are breaking the law, not to mention jeopardizing the integrity of our annual $24 billion Canadian pork industry. In Canada, it…

Lunar New Year 2019: return of the Earth Pig

Lunar New Year 2019—commonly referred to as Chinese New Year—begins on February 5. We are entering the Year of the Pig, the last animal in the 12-year Chinese calendar cycle. Characteristics of the pig include luck, wealth, honesty, generosity and trustworthiness. The Chinese calendar also follows a cycle of five natural elements (Wood, Fire, Earth,…

Public trust among millennials continues to evolve

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity’s (CCFI) Public Trust Research has shown that millennials—individuals born in the 1980s and 1990s—are changing the way the public views food responsibility. Millennials are now the largest Canadian workforce demographic, meaning their perception of food integrity goes beyond ideological posturing: they are the marketplace for the foreseeable future. CCFI’s…

PED investigation ongoing in Alberta

Last week, we announced that a 400-head hog operation in Alberta has contracted the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. Environmental surveillance performed at high-traffic pig sites in the province—including assembly yards, abattoirs and truck washes—have all tested negative for PED. The investigation into the source of this virus is ongoing. Animal trace backs have been…