The temporary restrictions on imports of breeding pigs from Canada to Russia have been lifted.
The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance announced that the measures taken by the Canadian authorities against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) were sufficient to restart breeding pig imports, provided the pigs met certain requirements.
The imported animals must originate from farms free from porcine epidemic diarrhoea for the last six months, and during the quarantine period all animals must be tested for PEDv carrier state with negative results.
Proof of these tests must be signed and stamped by the official veterinarian responsible for the issue of the veterinary certificate.
The Russian Service also requested the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to keep them informed about the development of the PEDv situation in Canada and measures taken by the Canadian watchdog in order to prevent the spread of the disease.