The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding cattle producers,
abattoirs and other regulated parties to begin preparing for new requirements
under the enhanced feed ban, which come into force July 12, 2007.
The enhanced feed ban will accelerate Canada's
progress toward the eradication of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from
the national herd, and serves to protect producers by reducing opportunities for
cross contamination in the feed supply. It will also help to increase market
access opportunities and is critical to maintain Canada's status as a controlled
risk country for BSE from the World Organisation for Animal Health
Certain cattle tissues capable of
transmitting BSE, known as specified risk material (SRM), are being banned from
all animal feed, pet food and fertilizer. As a result, there are new
requirements for anyone handling, transporting or disposing of cattle remains,
including renderers; fertilizer, pet food and feed manufacturers; waste
management facilities and veterinarians.
Beginning July 12, 2007, a CFIA
permit will be required to transport and receive SRM in any form. This system
will allow the CFIA to verify that SRM does not enter the animal feed system. In
addition, livestock producers must no longer use any feed products containing
SRM. The CFIA encourages producers to use up all current on-farm supplies of
feed, and to make sure that all new feed purchases are SRM-free.
CFIA remains committed to working closely with industry associations to ensure
that all stakeholders are in compliance as soon as possible. Any regulated
parties who have questions about the enhanced feed ban or their responsibilities
are encouraged to contact the CFIA.
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