Press Release

CSHB Launches Biosecurity User Guide


Ottawa, ON [October 6, 2011] - As part of its ongoing commitment to help the Canadian swine industry further reduce the risk of disease transmission, the Canadian Swine Health Board (CSHB) has just released a Biosecurity User Guide. Meant to complement the National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard released late last year, the Biosecurity User Guide has been developed so that producers and their consulting veterinarians can develop a farm biosecurity plan that achieves the Biosecurity Standard.

“All production sites are unique, and each site requires a tailored biosecurity plan. This User Guide is an important tool in developing effective biosecurity plans across the country,” said Dr. Lucie Verdon, the CSHB’s Biosecurity Coordinator. 

The User Guide was developed by a team of technical experts in swine biosecurity, and reviewed by industry swine health leaders. Examples of standard operating procedures in the User Guide were based on procedures kindly provided by the industry. As part of the CSHB’s continuous improvement approach, comments on even further enhancing the User Guide, and thereby further enhancing swine biosecurity in Canada, are welcome.

The Biosecurity User Guide is available at http://biosecurity.swinehealth.ca/. The French-language version of the site is expected this winter. The National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard can also be found at the same web address.

The CSHB was formed to proactively address swine health challenges through leadership, coordination and support in the management of the health of the Canadian swine herd. Its members include the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, Canadian Association of Veterinary Colleges, Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, Canadian Meat Council and the Canadian Pork Council.

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For more information, contact:

Robert Harding
Executive Director
Canadian Swine Health Board
613.230.4445 Ext. 267
harding@swinehealth.ca