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Ontario Passes Animal Health Act


December 8, 2009
By OMAFRA

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December 8, 2009 – The Animal Health Act, 2009, was passed today by the Ontario legislature. When proclaimed, the act will provide important tools to help support government and industry partners prevent, detect and respond to animal diseases and other related health events.

December 8, 2009 – The Animal
Health Act, 2009, was passed today by the Ontario legislature. When
proclaimed, the act will provide important tools to help support
government and industry partners prevent, detect and respond to animal
diseases and other related health events.

These tools include:

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•    enabling the use of quarantine orders, surveillance zones and animal health control area orders to help control the spread of any detected disease or hazard
•    supporting a future traceability framework for the quick identification and control of disease and food safety hazards.

The passage of the bill comes after consultation with industry partners and the public on an animal health strategy for the province, which began in 2006. In the New Year, the ministry plans to establish an ad hoc committee with representative industry partners, to guide development of initial regulations that will come under the bill.

Read more about the 2009 Animal Health Act


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