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
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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