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Agriculture Report

Hog Products Banned in France

By Kevin Bernard

Live pigs and certain Canadian pig products will not be allowed into France due to PED virus.


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Live pigs and certain Canadian pig products will not be allowed into France.

French authorities have barred pig imports from Canada, the U-S, Mexico and Japan -- to prevent contamination from the PED virus.

No PED cases have been discovered in France since the epidemic broke out.

The virus is responsible for the death of millions of piglets in the U-S.

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Farm and Food Care Ontario hopes to begin an education training program this fall about animal welfare practices.

Veterinarian Mike Petrik says he will be pulling together knowledge and practices from across the province for the the program.

He hopes it will eliminate the so-called gotcha undercover videos that show animal abuse.

The provincial government has provided two million dollars in funding for the program.

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Canadian Pacific Railway says collaboration with U-S regulators would make sense in light of recent changes to rules around interswitching.

In a move to improve service to Prairie grain elevators -- the federal government has increased the radius for inter-switching from 30 kilometres to 160 kilometres in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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And Open Farm Days will be held in Alberta again this year.
    
The program ran for the first time last year and allows urban neighbours to visit a farm to see first-hand how food is produced.

 


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