African swine fever has yet to reach the Americas and officials are working to keep it that way.

Opinion: Swine fever brings trade adversaries together

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

At a time of frosty diplomatic relations and continued trade disputes, the world’s top animal health experts, industry and governments are banding together to fight a deadly hog virus. More than 150 officials from about 15 countries descended on Ottawa recently for a global forum on African swine fever. Their goal: to share information, learn […] Read more

Lasse Jakobsen is Protekta’s business development manager.

Innovative European products can bring livestock production advantages

Local distributor among Ontario’s fastest growing companies

Canadian hog farmers looking to improve their biosecurity in the face of rising global concerns about African swine fever have a new weapon in their arsenal. Stalosan is a dry environmental additive that can be used in livestock facilities to lower the spread of pathogens and is ideal in situations where liquid footbaths can’t be […] Read more

Pork production could drop by 200 million pigs this year in China.

China pork output to drop by 30 per cent in 2019

Rabobank says the disease could decimate the country’s hog herd

Beijing | Reuters – Up to 200 million pigs could be culled or die from being infected as African swine fever spreads through China, Rabobank said, by far the highest such forecast yet and underscoring the gravity of the epidemic in the world’s top pork producer. Such a number would mark a huge chunk of […] Read more

Should the African swine fever virus be found in Canada, zones would also be set up here. The United States (which imports $1.2 billion in Canadian pork annually) and Japan are the top destinations. Canada has an agreement with the U.S. to maintain trade in cases of pork disease through zoning procedures and is pursuing such an agreement with Japan.

Opinion: Buying pork from Poland ultimately the right move

Canada would use similar zone system if African swine fever was found

It is painful to watch the spread of African swine fever through parts of Asia and Europe, yet Canada’s decision to keep accepting imports of pork from Poland is pragmatic. Since Canada would follow the same procedures Poland is ostensibly now employing, there is a duty to play this out. ASF has never been found […] Read more

The Pork Quality Competition is one of the many events at the Ontario Pork Congress.

Ontario Pork Congress going ahead as planned

Decision follows cancellation of World Pork Expo due to disease threat

The 46th annual Ontario Pork Congress (OPC) will go ahead as planned on June 19-20 in Stratford – a decision reached after event organizers consulted with “veterinarians and industry professionals” about the risk of African swine fever (ASF). “As always, the strength of the Ontario swine industry is our main concern,” stated an OPC news […] Read more


The World Pork Expo attracts visitors from around the world.

Disease threat cancels World Pork Expo

Ontario Pork Congress officials still considering the status of the local trade show

The Ontario Pork Congress does not yet have any comment about its show, after the World Pork Expo (WPE) was cancelled due to concerns about the threat of African Swine Fever. OPC said it will comment April 18. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) board or directors cited “an abundance of caution” about ASF’s transmission […] Read more

Sources: European Reference Laboratory; The Pirbright Institute.

Canada imports pork from Poland, despite African swine fever

If the disease appears in Canada, countries could ban imports of Canadian pork and cause billions in economic damage

Canada continues to import pork from Poland, even though it has had hundreds of cases of ASF. For the first 11 months of 2018, Canada imported more than $25 million worth of pork from Poland, based on Agriculture Canada data. Infected meat is the primary vector of ASF, a viral disease that can cause fever, […] Read more

Canada has a significant reputation for biosecurity, but the arrival of ASF would be devastating.

Canada’s pork industry is on high alert

African swine fever is spreading rapidly in other parts of the world and could cause catastrophic losses if it reached Canada. Here’s how the industry is trying to keep it out

Pork industry officials have welcomed bumped up biosecurity — including more detector dogs — at airports as one of several strategies to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of Canada. As an export dependent country, Canada is particularly at risk from the deadly virus. If it surfaced here, customers would quickly close their borders to […] Read more


Dr. Egan Brockhoff has been working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on risk factors for imported feed, and a document about that is expected to be published soon.

Feed from China poses major ASF danger

China is the only source of certain amino acids needed for hog rations, and even packaging can carry the virus

Imported feed ingredients are a major risk factor for entry of African swine fever into Canada. The highly contagious hemorrhagic fever is a major problem in China and other Canadian trading partners. Studies have shown the virus can survive in feed during an ocean crossing to North America. Why it matters: African swine fever would […] Read more

China swine fever outbreak to curb its soybean imports

The disease along with high stockpiles are expected to curb Chinese soy imports

Singapore|Beijing|Reuters – China’s imports of soybeans are set to drop as an outbreak of African swine fever hits its huge pig herd and saps demand for the animal feed ingredient, making it easier for buyers to keep shunning U.S. cargoes amid the Sino-U.S. trade war. African swine fever, deadly to pigs but not harmful to […] Read more