Traceability initiatives announced

Staff / New regulations will soon make traceability mandatory for pigs, the federal government has announced.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing regulations that would require custodians of pigs to identify all farmed pigs and farmed wild boars using approved methods and record and report all movements of pigs from birth or import, to slaughter or export.

Mandatory identification systems are already in place in the cattle, bison and sheep sectors.

The proposed regulations are being introduced through an amendment to the Health of Animals Regulations, which has been published in Canada Gazette, Part I, for public comment. Comments will be accepted until August 13, 2012.

More information is available on the CFIA website or on www.canadagazette.gc.ca. Comments can be sent to [email protected]

The Manitoba Pork Council is on record as supporting the move.

“A federally recognized traceability system supports supply chain confidence for our top-quality Manitoba pork and live animal exports,” said council chair Karl Kynoch.

The federal government has also announced it is investing in improved data management technology called Canadian Agri-Traceability Services (CATS). The investment will help track information, ultimately protecting the bottom line of our beef, dairy, bison, sheep, and other animal producers, a federal release says.

CATS will bring together the combined experience of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and Agri-Tracabilite Quebec (ATQ) to reduce costs and simplify data reporting. Once established, the new, independent CATS organization will provide traceability data services for the CCIA, ATQ, and other stakeholders. The federal government is providing $500,000 to create the single data system and $265,000 to help the CCIA and ATQ improve their data management capabilities.

The CCIA and ATQ have set up a joint project steering committee to guide the creation of the new integrated data service.

This Growing Forward investment of $765,000 is being made through the Government’s Canadian Industry Traceability Infrastructure Program, which supports the development of industry-led systems that collect and verify identification and movement data, and that accelerate and increase industry’s tracking and tracing capacity. This program is part of the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative.

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