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Canadian Pork Council Receives Funding as Part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program

(Ottawa, Ont.) - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive funding under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program (ASFIPP). The CPC's ASFIPP initiative, titled "Development of a low-cost pen-side assay for rapid detection of African Swine Fever Virus," is a crucial step in enhancing the swine industry's readiness against the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF).

The primary objective of the CPC's ASFIPP is to develop an ASFMeter, a portable and low-cost tool, for rapidly diagnosing ASF in the field. This innovative program, in collaboration with McMaster University, aims to revolutionize ASF detection by providing a convenient and effective solution for on-site testing.
"The support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is instrumental in advancing our efforts to combat African Swine Fever,” said Canadian Pork Council chair René Roy. “Our focus on developing a low-cost pen-side assay aligns with our commitment to proactive and innovative solutions for the swine industry."

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