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Regulatory consultation on traceability

May 13, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advancing proposed amendments to Part XV (Animal Identification) of the Health of Animals Regulations through a second round of stakeholder consultations. The proposed amendments consist mainly of requirements for identifying and reporting the movement of bison, bovine, caprine, cervid, ovine and pigs. The authority for the proposed amendments is provided under the Health of Animals Act.

This second round of consultation is launched today with an anticipated end date of 26 June 2015. Comments on the proposed requirements together with responses to questions raised during the consultation are to be submitted to the following email address:

Please click on links below to view the following consultation documents:

1- Executive Summary of Consultation documents

2- Overview on a federal livestock identification and traceability regulatory proposal. Second round of consultation: Consultation paper

3- Livestock identification and traceability regulatory proposal. Reference document for second round of consultations

4- Evaluation of Three Livestock Movement Reporting Options to Support Tracing Investigations Following a Sanitary Issue in Canada.

An overview of the consultation documents will be presented through a webinar session on 19 May 2015. Proposed species-specific or site-specific requirements will be presented through additional webinar sessions and meetings. Information on these venues will be provided later this week.

Executive Summary of Consultation Documents 2015-05

Consultation document for 2nd round 2015-05

Reference document for 2nd consultation 2015-05

Evaluation of movement reporting option – 2015-05

Canadian Cattle Feeders strongly support federal government’s ambitious TPP negotiation strategy

Calgary (May 13, 2015) — The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) would like to reiterate its support for the Harper government’s ambitious approach to trade negotiations. Our members are particularly pleased that the government’s strategy of using the TPP negotiations to open markets in the Pacific region, to improve the prospects for Canadian exporters, is coming close to fruition.

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NCFA three-pronged strategy sees cattle feeders looking forward

May 6, 2015

The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) has adopted a three-pronged strategy that zeros in on research, growth and sustainability for cattle feeding in Canada to improve the competitiveness of the industry.

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*Note: the National Labour Action Plan, referenced in this article, has a new name: Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan

Canadian beef again moving to China

May 3, 2015

Federal inspectors are again issuing certificates for exports of Canadian beef to China, as Beijing’s temporary ban on the Canadian product comes to an end.

The CFIA said last month on its website it had resumed issuing export certificates for China effective April 9, and federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, quoted Friday in an interview with iPolitics’ Kelsey Johnson, said beef shipments to China had resumed.

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UCC welcomes Ukraine’s minister of agrarian policy to Canada

“Canada continues to support the Ukrainian government and its people as they work to restore political and economic stability in the face of ongoing Russian aggression. We will continue our work towards concluding a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement, which was announced during my last trade mission to Kyiv in January 2015. The agreement will create new market opportunities and will further strengthen the Canada-Ukraine partnership in peace and prosperity,” Minister Fast said.

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