Alberta hogs will be tracked from the farm to the slaughterhouse under a new swine regulation intended to help quickly locate animals and contain any future disease outbreaks.
Alberta becomes the first province in the country to have a regulated traceability system, according to the association that represents the province's hog farmers. The swine regulation, approved by Alberta's cabinet this week, will mean all of the province's 2.5 million pigs must come with travel documents as they're moved from farms to abattoirs.
"If there is an issue of disease or food safety issues, we have instant information about where the animals were transported," explained Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork, which represents the province's 375 pork producers.
Saturday December 3, 2011/ Calgary Herald/ Canada.