CFIA Confirms finding of African swine fever in Dominican Republic

Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer recently affirmed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) support for the Dominican Republic’s efforts to manage confirmed findings of African swine fever (ASF).

There has never been any finding of ASF in Canada or the United States.

Canada is taking every necessary precaution to prevent the spread of ASF from affected countries, including the Dominican Republic, to Canada. The CFIA is closely monitoring the situation in the Dominican Republic and working with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to strengthen the appropriate border controls for the Caribbean. Canada does not import pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic.

The emergence of ASF in the Dominican Republic underscores the need for continued and strengthened vigilance to prevent the spread of ASF to other regions. We will continue to work with the pork industry and our international partners, ensuring high levels of biosecurity to prevent further global spread of ASF. Canada’s prevention efforts will continue to be guided by the work laid out in the Framework for the prevention and control of African swine fever developed in collaboration with international partners.

ASF is deadly for pigs and would devastate our pork industry, impacting the Canadian economy. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, or work on a farm with pigs, disease prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility to stop the spread of ASF in to Canada.

More detailed information: CFIA Statement on African Swine Fever in Dominican Republic