The Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil (MAPA) has just published several regulations related to animal health, among them the agreement on technical cooperation between the MAPA and the Veterinary Medicine Federal Council, and the regulations that define the guidelines for the compartmentalisation of the pig production chain in Brazil. The MAPA has also presented an App related to animal health.
Cooperation agreement between the MAPA and the Veterinary Medicine Council
A technical cooperation agreement has been established between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Veterinary Medicine Federal Council (CFMV) for the development of the Continuous Education Plan in animal health defence, both for public and private veterinarians. This agreement, with a four-year duration, expects the carrying out of events that disseminate studies and research on animal health defence, courses and specific training.
Compartmentalisation of the pig production chain
The regulation defines the guidelines for the compartmentalisation of the pig production chain in the case of foot-and-mouth disease and classical swine fever. The companies interested will be able to request, voluntarily, the obtaining of the health certification as a compartment free of these diseases. Compartmentalisation is a concept defined by the WOAH to certify that an animal subpopulation has a differentiated health status regarding one or more specific diseases, based on biosecurity and surveillance procedures, and not on territorial areas or regions. This system offers additional guarantees, because it favours the supply of pig products and the safe trade between countries, although eventual outbreaks of disease appear in the country.
Animal Health App
The Animal Health App, that can be downloaded from Play Store or App Store, is intended for veterinarians, producers and people interested in animal health and welfare. It allows, in an agile and interactive way, an easy access to the knowledge and information on animal health.
Among its functionalities, we must highlight the possibility of sending notifications regarding suspicions of the presence of diseases to the health authorities; the access to manuals, federal and state legislations, and national and international regulations on the trade of animals and their products; as well as the WOAH’s health codes. The App also allows to consult questions regarding animal health and welfare with texts and audio files in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017/ MAPA/ Brazil.