Canadian poultry producers have new national standards to comply with, Canada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Tuesday.

Called “The National Avian On-Farm Biosecurity Standard,” the new rules “focuses on disease prevention and protection measures, collectively known as biosecurity which play an important role in keeping diseases off the farm and out of the Canadian food chain,” according to CFIA.

“Biosecurity is the best investment producers can make to safeguard the health of their animals on the farm and make the most of their business,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This national standard will guide producers on good biosecurity practices so that together we can protect Canada’s poultry industry against disease.”

A few examples of on-farm biosecurity practices include:

  • Washing your hands and changing into clean clothes and footwear before and after coming into contacting with your animals.
  • Routinely cleaning barns, pens, feeders and watering equipment and disinfecting them when necessary.
  • Controlling visitor access to your animals.

The Standard was developed in consultation with poultry marketing boards, producers, non-supply- managed and supply- managed industry, processors, the poultry service industries, veterinary associations and academia.

  • Albert Chambers

    The development and publication of the new National Avian On-Farm Biosecurity Standard in Canada is a positive move – belitted, however, by the headline and the tone of this article.
    Also hidden, and well worth an indepth exploration by Food Safety News is the fact that the new standard is an adjunct to the longstanding, HACCP-based, national on-farm food safety (OFFS) programs already in place on Canadian poultry farms. These national OFFS programs have been a genuine collaboration between the poultry producers (broilers, turkeys, broiler hatching eggs and table eggs), other segments of the industry (feed mills, hatcheries, processors and further processors) and governments (federal and provincial)to create an integrated, supply chain approach to food safety in the poultry industry.
    Each national program has achieved technical recognition by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s National On-farm Food Safety Recognition Program. This means that they have gone through a very rigorous assessment by a team of federal and provincial government experts (HACCP and poultry industry)against a formal set of criteria based on the Codex approach to HACCP, CFIA’s own technical requirements for recognizing HACCP in federally registered facilities and current science.
    The OFFS programs in the poultry sector are just part of Canada’s approach to on-farm food safety – there are in total 19 commodity-specific programs covering 99% of Canada’s agricultural production either in development or now being implemented by Canadian farmers. More details on these and links to the various programs can be found at
    Again – lets see Food Safety News look beneath the headlines and explore the Canadian approach to HACCP-based on-farm food safety, perhaps through a series of contributed articles.