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More money to prevent BSE in Ontario

The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario are investing $15 million in Ontario's beef industry to help reduce the incidence of BSE in Ontario's cattle herds.

The federal-provincial funding will help the province's beef processing sector comply with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's enhanced feed ban, which takes effect on 12 July this year.
"We understand that there have been significant challenges for Ontario's beef industry post-BSE. That is why the McGuinty government has committed $6 million to assist this sector to comply with the new federal regulation," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This investment will strengthen the position of Ontario's beef industry in a very competitive global marketplace."

Removing SRM
This funding announcement will assist Ontario's cattle industry in removing all specified risk material (SRM) from all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. The program is supported through a 60:40 federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement. The federal contribution of $9 million to Ontario is part of an $80 million commitment to SRM removal programs nationwide. Federal funding supplements the provincial contribution of $6 million for a total of $15 million over two years to support the development of infrastructure or other measures required by the industry to comply with the enhanced feed ban.

Managing mortalities
In addition to funding for the SRM programme, Ontario is providing $4 million to the Livestock Mortality Recycling Project. These funds will provide transitional support until SRM disposal infrastructure and updated regulations for deadstock disposal are in place.
"This will ensure that Ontario has continued deadstock removal in the short term, and provide time to develop a sustainable plan for managing livestock mortalities in the future," said Dombrowsky.

Related news story:
$38.9 million for Alberta feed ban
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Related website:
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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