This article originally appeared in the October 5th edition of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Manitobans should be confident about where their food comes from. Manitoba farmers take biosecurity and food safety incredibly seriously because we know that what we produce should meet the highest standards.
Stringent national biosecurity requirements from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency include requirements, depending on species, such as employees showering when entering and exiting a barn, mandatory gowns, face masks, and boot covers, and other standards aimed at keeping both the animals and the food supply safe.
These standards and accompanying programs from the livestock industry are mandatory, enforceable and include third-party independent auditing and verification.