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C$17.2 million for feed ban Manitoba

The Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba are investing C$17.2 million (US$16.16m, €11.73m) in the province's beef industry to help accelerate the elimination of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from Canada's cattle herds.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's enhanced feed ban, which was first announced in June of 2006, will prohibit the use of specified risk material (SRM) - tissues that can harbour BSE - in all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. The enhanced feed ban comes into effect on July 12, 2007.

The funding announcement will help the province's beef processing sector comply with the new regulation.

The federal contribution of C$10.3 million to Manitoba is part of an C$80 million commitment to SRM removal programs nationwide. Provincial programs are supported through 60:40 federal-provincial cost-sharing agreements. Federal funding to Manitoba supplements the provincial contribution of C$6.9 million.

The effective implementation of Canada's enhanced feed ban will further ensure the protection of animal health, and strengthen the cattle and beef industry's markets in Canada and abroad.

Canada's New Government is committed to a future where BSE is eliminated from Canadian cattle herds.

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