Knowing where livestock are located provides valuable information to respond to animal disease outbreaks and food safety issues. This allows for a swift and accurate response in the event of a crisis.
Learning From Our Past
Although certain diseases cannot be transmitted to humans, they can cause irreparable damage to existing livestock. Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), scrapie and mad cow disease all contribute to the consumer’s loss of confidence in the animal-based foods they eat. While Canada is known for high quality agriculture and has excellent regulatory protocols in place, prevention and world-class programs are key to contain the spread of disease, ensure food safety, and avoid significant economic loss.
As the second largest country in the world, Canada has a unique task of collaborating with each province and territory to deliver essential programs. Canada has experience implementing, improving and changing traceability as one of the first countries to initialize a national dairy traceability program over two decades ago.
DairyTrace provides protection, prosperity and peace of mind to the Canadian dairy industry and its customers through improved emergency management. Covid-19 has taught the world that we must be prepared for crisis and have measures in place to overcome fall-out. Traceability data collected through DairyTrace gives animal health and food safety officials the tools to quickly and effectively contain and deal with the situation.