PigTrace is an industry-led, national swine traceability initiative delivered by the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and Ontario Pork. The goal of traceability is to be able to track the movement of an animals within the supply chain and improve emergency response. It's a proactive measure to safeguard our industry from foreign animal disease, protect our domestic and export market access and uphold our food safety quality.
PigTrace is mandatory by law through the federal Health of Animals Regulations which is enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA can issue non-compliance letters and fines (up to $50,000) to those who do not comply with the PigTrace requirements.
The PigTrace program requires:
- All pig movements (from premises-to-premises) must be reported within seven days of shipping or receiving.
- Pigs are to be identified by using one of these methods:
- For processing: pigs require a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag, a PigTrace 5-digit herd mark ear tag or a registered 5-digit herd mark tattoo;
- To fairs: pigs require a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag. Unweaned pigs may be identified with a registered 5-digit herd mark ear tattoo;
- To sales yard or auction: pigs require either a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag or a PigTrace 5-digit herd mark ear tag;
- Farm-to-farm: all pigs used for breeding must be tagged with a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag. Non-breeding pigs do not need to be tagged or tattooed.
For more information on National Identification and Traceability, or to report a movement, visit PigTrace Canada.
Ontario Pork administers this national program within Ontario on behalf of CPC. For further enquiries, please contact Ontario Pork's Industry & Member Services Team: