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New agreements will help to keep trade going in the event of animal disease outbreaks

May 25, 2016

The governments of Canada and of other countries announced that they had signed three arrangements with the purpose of maintaining safe and fair trade of animals and animal products in the event of animal disease outbreaks. The deals were concluded on the margins of the World Organisation for Animal Health's (OIE's) 84th General Session.

One arrangement, between Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United States, is aimed at supporting the recognition of zoning for foreign animal disease outbreaks.

It will be used to manage biosecurity risks while minimizing trade disruptions in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in a participating country.

It aims to support the continuation of safe trade from areas that remain free from the disease, and the application of other controls (such as product treatments) to address biosecurity risks.

Another arrangement, signed by Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, supports the sharing of a vaccine bank for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) between participating countries. In the event of a FMD outbreak, this non-binding arrangement will help facilitate the rapid consideration of requests for additional vaccine doses, thereby assisting the affected country/countries to benefit from an increased number of available vaccine doses.

Finally, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States signed an arrangement towards an International Animal Health Emergency Reserve.

This formal arrangement will provide participating countries with a supplementary emergency response team in the event of an animal disease outbreak. Sharing personnel during critical times will further support participating countries to act rapidly and effectively to control and eradicate the outbreak.

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