September 1st, 2011
The CPC's PigTrace Canada initiative continues to work towards the development of a national swine traceability system. Progress has been slowed, however, due to ongoing negotiation of related contracts and agreements. PigTrace had hoped to initiate the early adoption of voluntary movement reporting during the winter of 2010/11, but complications have temporarily stalled steps towards program implementation.
Negotiations with the CPC's chosen national database manager, Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) and the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have delayed the launch of a voluntary, phased-in approach to the implementation of PigTrace.
The agreement with the CFIA, which will eventually name the CPC as the official, national swine traceability administrator under the proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulation, requires that many of its clauses be applied to CPC's service contract with ATQ. The completion of the contract with ATQ, and therefore the implementation of PigTrace, is dependent on first finalizing the Administrator Agreement with the CFIA.
The CFIA has now placed a priority on completing the Administrator Agreement so that the CPC can resume its PigrTrace implementation schedule with ATQ. The CPC hopes to advance negotiations wuickly so that it can resume PigTrace Canada's implementation schedule before the end of 2011.
The PigTrace program also recently went trough its first compliance audit with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to ensure that funding awarded to CPC by AAFC is properly managed, and to confirm that CPC's administrative policies and procedures are in-line wit hthe Governments of Canada's requirements. AAFC reports that CPC's PigTrace operations are in compliance, but has issued a handful of recommendations for change.
The CPC's PigTrace Canada initiative looks forward to resuming its implementation schedule before the end of 2011 so that it can continue building a national swine traceability system that will serve the needs of industry and animal health offices in the event of disease outbreak or a food safety issue. In the event of a food safety issue, a feed contamination issue or a foreign animal disease issue, traceability gives animal health officials and food safety officials better tools to do their investigation.