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CFIA launches feed investigation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched an investigation and is monitoring livestock movement related to non-compliant feed shipments to cattle farms in Quebec and Ontario during the past two to three weeks. The safety of the Canadian food supply is not affected.

Information provided by the supplier, Agribrands Canada Inc., indicates that a very small amount of meat and bone meal came into contact with ingredients used in the production of ruminant feed. The supplier is moving quickly to remove any feed that made its way to the farm level.

Inspecting farms and feed mills
Teams of CFIA inspectors are visiting approximately 100 farms in Ontario and Quebec. As a precaution, the CFIA is identifying implicated animals and monitoring movement of all cattle and other ruminant animals exposed to the feed, pending the completion of an investigation and science-based assessment to determine the potential risk to animal health. The Agency will also be inspecting all feed mills, farms and transport vehicles that handled the contaminated material to ensure that equipment has been properly cleaned.

Enhancements to the feed ban
To date, industry has demonstrated a high level of compliance with Canada's feed ban. Enhancements to the feed ban , which come into effect next July, address the remaining risks posed by contamination through the removal of more than 99% of potential BSE infectivity from the animal feed system.


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