$39.8 million for Alberta feed ban
The Government of Canada and the Alberta government are investing nearly $40
million in Alberta's beef industry to help accelerate the elimination of BSE
from Alberta's cattle herds.
The Canada-Alberta funding program will help the
province's cattle industry comply and adapt to the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency's enhanced feed ban, which takes effect on July 12, 2007.
Groeneveld, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Food, said this program provides
Alberta's cattle industry with the support it needs to follow the enhanced
federal regulations. "We understand the importance animal health plays in
expanding our international markets," said Groeneveld. "This funding allows
Alberta's cattle industry to remain a strong supplier of safe, quality food
products to the world market."SRM removal
announcement will assist Alberta's cattle industry in removing all specified risk material (SRM)
all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. The program is supported through a
60:40 federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement.
The $19.8 million
federal contribution is part of an $80 million commitment to SRM removal
programs nation-wide. The province of Alberta's contribution of $20 million went
beyond initial funding commitments to offset adaptation costs for the cattle
industry and for research into new and innovative technologies that effectively
extract value from SRM.
The effective implementation of Canada's
enhanced feed ban
will ensure the protection of animal health, increase consumer
and strengthen the cattle and beef
industry's markets in Canada and abroad.Related news
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