PigTrace's development continues
The contract between the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and Agri-Traçabilité Québec was formalized in February in order for ATQ to provide traceability services to the swine sector at the national level.
Since 2009 CPC has been piloting, in collaboration with ATQ, the creation of the PigTrace ™ database, which will support a system for tracing pigs across Canada. The signing of this agreement comes after the completion of legal negociations that occurred in recent months to meet the needs of the whole Canadian pork industry and the requirements of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Pending the adoption of federal regulations on swine traceability (planned for 2013), the implementation of swine traceability in Canada will be carried out on a voluntary basis. The database will allow PigTrace™ users to:
- Capture, verify and record the identification of pigs and premises;
- Follow the movement of animals identified individually or by group;
- View the information entered into the system and enable simplified management of animal movements.
The PigTrace™ system will very soon allow swine producers to order sets of identification tags directly online (via the web interface), to access their list of tags in stock and see all the movements associated with individual identifiers. The system will also allow users to view movements by group for animals not identified individually.
Through PigTrace™, the Canadian Pork Council and its provincial associations will be able to easily validate the integrity of recorded movements (through logic rules to validate movements), identify and correct any errors, and most importantly, generate traceability reports upstream and downstream in case of a disease outbreak or simulation in order to target the epicentre of an epidemic and potentially infected premises as quickly as possible.
In addition, PigTrace™ IT solution has been designed to include other potential features that will add value to the system in the future, such as:
- Direct access to the system via a web service through mobile/handheld devices and interfaces better adapted to the realities of producers and industry stakeholders (carriers, auctions ...) in the field.
- Simplified/automated connection and data transfer with existing technical-economic systems from provincial associations or other business sector partners (slaughterhouses, auctions, professional services ...).
The program, PigTrace Canada, is currently testing the software solution, hosted by ATQ, in preparation for the implementation of the traceability system in the very near future.