Russia lifts ban on imported pigs from Canada

04-05-2015 | | |
Russia lifts ban on imported pigs from Canada

The temporary restrictions on the import of breeding pigs from Canada to Russia has been lifted, as the country succeeded with improving the veterinary situation.

Sufficient measures taken against PEDv

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselhoznadzor announced that the measures taken by the Canadian authorities against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) were sufficient to restart breeding pig imports, provided the pigs met certain requirements.

The report from the service says that the imported animals must originate from farms that have been free of porcine epidemic diarrhoea for the last six months, and during the quarantine period all animals have been tested for PEDv carrier state with negative results. Proof of these tests must be signed and stamped by the official veterinarian responsible for the issue of the veterinary certificate.

Staying on top of PEDv development in Canada

The veterinary body also requested the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to keep them informed about the development of the PEDv situation in Canada and any measures taken by the Canadian watchdog in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

However, Canadian pork producers so far can not get back to the supplies to the Russian market due to the food embargo, implemented by Russian authorities in August of last year.

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Vladislav Vorotnikov Eastern Europe correspondent