July 10, 2019
Canada and the EU will allow safe trade in the event of an African swine fever outbreak
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the European Commission's Department of Health and Food Safety announced that they have agreed to an African swine fever (ASF) zoning arrangement to allow for safe trade of swine products from disease-free zones in the event of an ASF outbreak.
Zoning is an internationally recognized tool used to help manage diseases and facilitate international trade. If a positive case of ASF is confirmed in an area, geographic boundaries are defined to contain the outbreak.
These geographic boundaries are control zones established in accordance with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) principles. The areas outside of these control zones are disease-free zones.
There are zoning principles already in place with the European Union (EU) that apply to ASF under the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) The new arrangement is an additional step forward in international collaboration in mitigating the risk of ASF while maintaining safe trade.
A similar safe trade agreement was reached between Canada and the United States in May.