New Biosecurity Standard Helps Protect Canadian Horses

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — (Marketwired) — 06/20/16 — Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

This new guidance document can be used by horse owners and custodians as a cost effective way to limit the risk of a disease outbreak on farms and other facilities where horses may be kept.

Through this partnership, we are currently developing a biosecurity guide that provides additional information on how to achieve the biosecurity goals outlined in the Standard. This guide will be available in late 2016.

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“Representing Equine Canada, I am pleased to have supported CFIA in the development of this National Standard, participating as co-chair and working with a knowledgeable and dedicated committee with organizational and regional diversity. The Biosecurity Standard and Guide both provide a reference useful to all equine facilities and activities. The goal is to improve and ensure the health of Canadian horses.”

– Dr. Mary Bell, Equine Canada representative and co-chair of the Equine Biosecurity Advisory Committee 2016

“The CFIA has seen a great amount of success with national biosecurity standards for the avian, bee, cattle, dairy, goat, mink, and sheep industries. Having these guidelines in place for the equine industry will better equip those who own or care for horses to further protect Canadian horses from diseases. This achievement was made possible by collaborating with other government departments, horse owners and the equine industry. When we work together, we continue to expand Canada’s capacity to better safeguard our animals.”

– Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture

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