Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau put a proposal forward to the Canadian Government last week about funding to increase the number of detector dogs at Canada’s international airports.
The CPC said the introduction of ASF into Canada would put more than 100,000 jobs in jeopardy and cost the Canadian economy CA$24 billion.
“On behalf of Canadian pork producers, the CPC had requested that the presence of dogs, which could detect the presence of meat in passengers' luggage, be increased in international airports,” said CPC chair Rick Bergmann.
“We are thankful for the great collaboration of Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale and the increased measures that will prevent potentially contaminated meat from making its way to our communities and our farms. This will help the entire livestock industry.”
Many international markets are ramping up their efforts to prevent the disease from entering the country. Earlier last year, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) trained detector dogs sniffed out a roasted pig head in a passenger’s bag.
Meanwhile, Australia also put together precautionary measures through its border controls after seizing 152 pork products during a two-week period.