Public Health

Meat produced by the pork sector in Quebec must meet the highest standards of safety and health. The main concerns of public health experts relate to the possibility of finding drug residues in meat, the possible transfer of antibiotic resistance in pig bacteria to human bacteria and the possibility of infecting humans with certain pathogens responsible for digestive diseases (e.g. salmonella).CDPQ's collaboration in surveillance activities and research enables it to keep up with developments in this field.

Some tools in this area
  • The Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) - farm portion. CIPARS is a Canadian program run by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Using data collection (human and animal samples), it monitors actual tendencies in the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain. In this program, the CDPQ guarantees the quality of data that will eventually be used to develop better on-farm antibiotic treatment strategies. Data analysis will enable targeting of those strategies that cause the least harm to meat quality. CDPQ supervises the farm portion.
  • Use of antibiotics as growth promoters in grower-finisher pigs

To learn more
Christian Klopfenstein, Ph.D., DVM
418 650-2440, ext. 4309