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Plant developers (mostly large biotech companies) will decide for themselves whether their product meets the criteria for regulation.

Comment: CFIA gene editing proposal problematic

The rules being floated are not science based or transparent

Canada is deciding how to regulate gene-edited plants – and is largely proposing not to. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for regulating genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) plants for environmental safety under the Seeds Act Regulations – Part V. These regulations define what is considered a “Plant with Novel Traits” (PNTs)

Producers say the increased compensation levels are security for if a disease threat raises its head.

Bison sector praises boosted CFIA compensation

Payouts for destroyed stock would more than double under the proposed changes

Bison producers may soon expect more money, should the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) ever order some of their stock euthanized due to disease threat. Why it matters: The bison industry says, previous to proposed changes, market value was far outstripping what it could have expected to be paid by the CFIA for destroyed stock.



Soybean growers need to be aware that a number of older varieties are about to see their registration cancelled at the start of the new crop year, August 1.

Know the soybean varieties you’re planting

A long list will see their registrations cancelled Aug. 1 and that could affect how they are sold

Manitoba farmers should take note of the soybean varieties they’re planting this spring. More than two dozen will have their registrations cancelled Aug. 1, which could affect crop marketing, says Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange. The surest way to know is by planting certified seed. “The way I view soybean

COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at several processing plants in Canada, resulting in extended closures and, in some cases, employee deaths.

Food worker union blasts safety measures, foreign worker system

UFCW told parliamentary committee that the pandemic has been very difficult for food sector employees

A union representing thousands of Canadian food workers says “consistency and enforcement” remain a problem when it comes to responses for its members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Derek Johnstone, special assistant to the national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union of Canada (UFCW), told a parliamentary committee on Feb. 18 that the


Pilot project to try veterinary health products on for size

Pilot project to try veterinary health products on for size

The CFIA has said the pilot program will inform potential Feeds Regulations changes

The call is coming for feed companies wanting to add “general health” products into their lineups. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada say they will start taking applications for a pilot project — which will allow commercial livestock feed mixed with a limited list of veterinary health products (VHPs) such as organic

Piglet at a pig farm in Guizhou Province, China in May 2020.

Contaminated feed a risk that can’t be ignored, says expert

It’s clear that viruses, including African swine fever, can be transmitted via feed ingredients

New research is showing that animal feed can carry viruses, including the one that causes African swine fever. It’s a threat that must be thwarted, Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research for Minnesota-based Pipestone Veterinary Services, told attendees at the virtual 2021 Banff Pork Seminar in January. “We’ve got to work together,” said

Seed regulation consultations are expected to change the way farmers can access seed, and their input is being sought.

Calling all farmers: Seed regs review kicks off

Regulations are under review and CFIA wants your input before March 15

Canadian farmers are urged to take part in a major review of regulations under the Seeds Act, starting with a survey ending March 15 assessing current regulations and the need for changes. Most producers probably don’t know much about the Byzantine legislation that goes back to 1905, when the Seeds Control Act was proclaimed, but


Editorial: Labels and legalities

Editorial: Labels and legalities

It’s often said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But does the same apply to honey cut with high-fructose corn syrup? If would seem so, according to the front-page story of our Farmit Manitoba section, where Alexis Stockford digs into the sticky issue of honey adulteration. The problem for regulators

Adulterated honey imports to North America disadvantage local honey producers.

Smoking out Canadian honey fraud

The CFIA found less adulterated honey in 2019-20, although beekeepers say those numbers only encompass a part of their market reality

[UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2020] The newest numbers are in on Canadian honey fraud, although beekeepers say they don’t fully capture the reality of the sector. The most recent bout of official testing did see less honey fraud compared to similar surveillance the year before, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In a report