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China’s coronavirus testing chokes beef trade

Additional inspections, disinfections costly for importers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Beijing | Reuters — In a supermarket in downtown Beijing, refrigerator shelves normally filled with steak from around the world sit empty as tougher testing for the novel coronavirus creates supply bottlenecks and raises prices for importers. Fresh supplies of beef won’t arrive for days, a salesman at the Carrefour outlet told Reuters — […] Read more

Manitoba to pilot insurance program against hog disease risks

Pork council study backed with federal, provincial funds

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Private sector solutions” to manage financial risks caused by disease outbreaks on hog farms are on the drawing board in a new Manitoba-led pilot project that could go nationwide. Coming out of a Thursday morning meeting with hog producers in Winnipeg, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $482,158 from the AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) arm of […] Read more

Quarantines added in bovine TB probe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federal inspectors’ search for animals exposed to one of six Alberta cattle confirmed with bovine tuberculosis (TB) has led them to quarantine more farm sites for testing. As of Wednesday, “approximately 50” farm sites, mostly in southeastern Alberta with “approximately five” in southwestern Saskatchewan, are under quarantine and movement controls, affecting about 26,000 animals, the […] Read more

Ont. avian flu quarantines to be lifted by month-end

Reading Time: 2 minutes The three southwestern Ontario poultry operations under quarantine since April with highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu can expect to see their quarantines lifted before the end of July. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported Tuesday that cleaning and disinfection work were completed June 29 at the two infected turkey farms in Oxford County, and July […] Read more

S. Korea to disinfect farms as FMD, bird flu spread

Reading Time: < 1 minute Seoul | Reuters –– South Korea will disinfect farms around the country over the new year and limit the transport of animals, stepping up its effort to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that has spread close to the capital as well as bird flu. The foot-and-mouth among hogs had been limited to the centre […] Read more