U.S., Canada adopt animal disease zoning agreement

The U.S. and Canada are taking more steps toward cooperation in “aligning the two countries’ regulations.”

On Wednesday, the two nations announced they intend to recognize zoning measures put in the place by the other in the case of “highly contagious foreign animal disease outbreak,” according to a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The agreement aims to preserve trade during outbreaks while blocking the spread of the disease. These types of outbreaks, such as foot-and-mouth disease, are extremely rare, according to CFIA.

Here’s how it works: if Canada designates a disease control and eradication zone within its borders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) still would allow animal imports from other areas of Canada where the disease is not present, and vice-versa. When Canada lifts the designation, the U.S. would again allow imports from that region.

The move stems from the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council’s 2011 Joint Action Plan.

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