Alberta farm family appreciated

    OTTAWA, May 11 /CNW/ - Arnold Van Ginkel is owed a debt of gratitude by
the Canadian pork industry for putting the health of the industry first and
the interests of his own farm second.
    Van Ginkel's herd was placed under a CFIA quarantine April 28, 2009 after
he voluntarily reported influenza-like symptoms in his herd coupled with the
fact that a worker in his barn had recently visited Mexico and had suffered
flu-like symptoms. It was later determined that the livestock had been
infected with the H1N1 Influenza A virus.
    To address overcrowding issues that were certain to result from the
quarantine, the Van Ginkel herd underwent a limited cull on Friday, May 8,
2009. Herman Simons, Chairman of Alberta Pork, explained to journalists at a
recent press conference that while the cull and the whole H1N1 Influenza A
issue has had a "huge impact on his (Van Ginkel's) emotional state, overall
he's fairly strong and holding up pretty good. We're very proud of him."
    "In addition to Arnold Van Ginkel, we would like to thank Alberta Pork,
Alberta Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for their quick
and efficient handling of the impending overcrowding issue on the farm," says
Jurgen Preugschas, Chair of the Canadian Pork Council. "Thanks are also due to
Van Ginkel's neighbours and industry partners for their ongoing support of the
Van Ginkel family and for respecting and protecting the privacy of the family
until they were ready to be publically identified."
    The CPC fully supports the work of our federal government to quarantine
the farm and to continue testing to determine when the quarantine can be
lifted. Canada is committed to full transparency and will continue to share
the most current scientific information with the public.

    The Canadian Pork Council serves as the national voice for hog producers
in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, our
organization's purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and
maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.

For further information:

For further information: Jurgen Preugschas, Chair, Canadian Pork
Council, (780) 204-2500,; Jean-Guy Vincent, First
Vice-Chair, Canadian Pork Council, (819) 352-2453,; Martin
Rice, Executive Director, Canadian Pork Council, (613) 236-9239 Ext. 236,

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