The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will no longer quarantine swine herds when the H1N1 virus is detected, according to Meatingplace.com.
Animals will be handled by the same practices used for other swine influenza viruses, CFIA said in a statement. This includes biosecurity practices and management to limit spread of the virus to susceptible animals.
Surveillance of Canadian herds will continue to follow virus changes. All herds in which the virus is detected will be monitored to verify recovery. Producers are encouraged to reinforce biosecurity measures at their facilities. Canada's slaughter system contains multiple inspection points to ensure that only healthy animals enter the food supply.
In May, an Alberta swine herd was quarantined when the virus was found in 10 percent of the animals. Later, the producer culled 500 non-infected animals due to avoid overcrowding.