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CFIA to consult on new near-meat, non-meat guidelines

Clarity for labels, promotion, composition to be considered

“Greater clarity” in federal guidelines for the makeup and labels of “simulated” meat and poultry products is the end zone for a new round of consultations underway for the next month. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Tuesday announced the launch for the public consultation, which includes an online survey and runs until Dec. 3.

Hog producers want $50 million invested in ASF prevention

Disease outbreak would rapidly outstrip the impact of BSE, Canadian Pork Council says

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever (ASF). In an open letter released Sept. 11, chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on


Eric McLean (left) and Norm Lyster.

Seed sector merger will affect grain farmers

Seed growers have differing views on a plan to create Seeds Canada

Most Manitoba farmers, unless they are seed growers, haven’t heard of Seeds Canada. Its pending creation will either help or hurt seed producers and grain farmers depending on who you talk to. Seeds Canada is a proposed new seed industry organization that will be formed if two-thirds of members of five separate organizations — the

Unsolicited seed prompts U.S., CFIA warnings

Reuters – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is warning Americans not to plant unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to be arriving from China. States stretching from Washington to Virginia have also told residents not to put the seeds in the ground, after they arrived in the mailboxes of people who did not order

Online bovine export permits set to launch nationwide

A handful of Manitoba producers got a taste of the CFIA’s online export paperwork over the last few months. Now, the agency says it’s ready to expand

Manitoba producers with cattle or bison headed to the U.S. have been able to get export permits online for months. As of June, 1, so will everyone else. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says it is ready to expand its My CFIA web portal for live bovine export to all ports between the U.S.


Canada’s pork sector has been hard hit by processing bottlenecks and market free fall due to COVID-19.

Pork sector temporarily halting ractopamine-free program audits

The pork sector says temporarily postponing ractopamine audits is small potatoes, compared to the other stresses facing its industry

Audits to check against the use of the feed additive ractopamine are the latest casualty of COVID-19. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said May 20 that third-party audits under the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program may be postponed. Facilities with audits between March and the end of May are impacted, the agency said. Why it matters: Ractopamine was

The CFIA says that the exemption would help ease any meat shortages that emerge because of the ongoing pandemic.

Interprovincial meat exemption raises questions

Manitoba ag minister says questions remain on interprovincial exemption for trade of provincially inspected meat

Provincial meat plants may be able to temporarily do business across provincial lines thanks to a temporary exemption, but Manitoba officials argue that the federal measure doesn’t go far enough and details are scarce. Why it matters: Manitoba’s agriculture minister is pushing for regulations on interprovincial trade to be generally relaxed, and not just during

Direct Farm Manitoba calls for changes to meat regulations

Direct sales of meat have increased, but the capacity to ramp up production isn’t there, producers say

Direct Farm Manitoba is calling on the province to increase capacity for local meat sales in light of recent meat plant closures. Direct sales of meat like beef and roasting chickens have risen since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Manitoba, said Phil Veldhuis, Direct Farm Manitoba president, but producers have limited ability to capitalize on the


CFIA funded to build up inspection corps against COVID-19

Short spells of disruptions still to be expected at food plants

Ottawa — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is spending $20 million to hire, train and equip additional staff members to limit disruptions resulting from COVID-19. With meat packers and food processing plants considering extended hours as they adjust to taking extra measures to combat the pandemic, CFIA was in need of a response to

New shipping regulations might not match up with the research on animal welfare.

Early research shows no benefit of rest stops to livestock

First-year data out of an AAFC-led study seems to support the sector’s argument that rest stops would not increase animal welfare

The beef sector is hoping new data will help make the case to soften new animal transportation regulations that are currently officially in force, but are being slowly phased in. The rules came into force February 20, and include controversial changes to mandatory rest stops the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) argued will improve animal