Secretary Vilsack and Minister Ritz
Reaffirm Support for Pork Industry
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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and United States Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack today re-affirmed that all appropriate steps are being taken to
protect public health and strengthen the pork industry in both countries.
are confident that Canadian authorities are taking all necessary steps to
protect the public and the pork industry," said Secretary Vilsack.
"The international scientific community agrees that pork is safe. We
are urging all countries to remove any restrictions on the movement of pork
that are not based on sound science. A strong and respectful relationship
is vital for pork industry in both Canada and the United States."
Canada and the U.S. recognize the scientific consensus of international
scientific organizations that this is not a food safety issue and continue
to re-affirm the fact that pork is safe.
is committed to close scientific cooperation with our American
counterparts," said Minister Ritz. "This is a great example of
both countries rejecting protectionism and respecting international
agreements to keep safe trade moving."
and the U.S. are collaborating closely to share diagnostic and research
information with full transparency to protect human and animal health.