The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) have signed an agreement allowing for the exchange of information when there are outbreaks of chicken diseases.
The agreement is similar to one signed in February by the board and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The aim is to improve response time and effectiveness in managing fast-spreading poultry diseases such as avian influenza, Newcastle Disease, Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT), certain salmonellae and fowl cholera.
"This agreement provides our industry with a new tool to support our poultry disease emergency management framework,” said board chairman Henry Zantingh.
"It also recognizes the importance of active communication and cooperation between the government and industry in dealing with disease management in the poultry industry."