The Ontario government has announced passage of animal health legislation which provides for new measures to help prevent, detect and respond to animal diseases.
A government release said that then proclaimed, the Animal Health Act, 2009 will:
• enable the use of quarantine orders, surveillance zones and animal health control area orders to help control the spread of any detected disease or hazard
• provide for an Ontario traceability framework for the quick identification and control of disease and food safety hazards.
The government said passage of the bill comes after consultation since 2006 with industry partners and the public on an animal health strategy for the province. 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.