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Provinces have no clear plans for TFW vaccinations

Provinces have no clear plans for TFW vaccinations

Many are employed in higher-risk environments like meat plants and other processors

As Canadians brace for a COVID-19 vaccine shortage, it remains unclear when temporary foreign workers – thousands of whom are employed in meat-packing plants – will receive it. On Jan. 15, Canada’s minister responsible for vaccine procurement, Anita Anand, said the country’s supply of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was experiencing a temporary delay because the

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Beef sector aims for new 2030 targets

Organizations involved in Canada's National Beef Strategy have announced new goals for the beef sector for the next decade

The Canadian beef industry has new benchmarks to reach for in the next decade. The organizations involved in Canada’s National Beef Strategy — the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef Breeds Council, Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, The National Cattle Feeders’ Association, Canadian Meat Council and Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef have announced new 2030


Poultry farmers’ groups have said they support the private member’s bill.

Industry supports bill to punish on-farm protests

The federal private member’s bill increases fines for trespass that threatens animals

Glacier FarmMedia – The growing issue of on-farm protests threatening the health and safety of animals is the subject of a private member’s bill recently introduced to the House of Commons. Conservative Party of Canada Agriculture Critic John Barlow introduced the bill with the goal of punishing those responsible for on-farm protests. Why it matters:

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Meat sector braces after halt to China trade

Livestock producers and meat processors are still determining the impact as China turns off the tap on all Canadian meat


It’s hard to say how much damage has been done since China announced its sudden aversion to Canadian meat. “It’s a bit too soon to tell to get a real dollar figure on it, because it is a situation where, when we want to sell pork, we’re trying to maximize the value of that product,”



Editorial: The meat industry has a lot on its plate

Predictably, the Canadian Meat Council doesn’t take kindly to the suggestion that consumers are showing increased interest in plant-based proteins at the expense of meat. The council came out swinging at the Canadian Food Price Report released earlier this month, calling the report misleading and noting that demand for meat is “only” set to fall

Japan’s Imperial Palace and Nijubashi Bridge, in Tokyo. (CIA.gov)

TPP talks without U.S. near final stretch

Urayasu, Japan | Reuters — The 11 remaining nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States edged toward sealing a comprehensive free trade pact after New Zealand agreed to amend laws that are not subject to TPP, to enable its ban on foreign home purchases. The pact aims to eliminate tariffs on industrial

Pork industry acting quickly on ractopamine finding in China

Pork industry acting quickly on ractopamine finding in China

Pork groups and the Can­adian Meat Council are working together to avoid any disruption to exports to China in the wake of a residue complaint from that country. China says it has found traces of the growth promoter ractopamine in a shipment of pigs’ feet. “Canadian Pork International, Canadian Pork Council and the Canadian Meat


Bacteria like this Streptobacillus caught on film through microphotography, are extremely good at evading control measures and developing resistance.

AMR challenge results in new strategy

Weakening bacterial diseases would give animals and humans the opportunity to defeat them on their own

It may be better to knock disease down, instead of out. That’s the heart of a new strategy to treat bacterial diseases in humans and animals, curbing their virulence rather than using antibiotics to wipe out the bacteria that causes them, and possibly contributing to the mushrooming challenge of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. The goal

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Meat industry excited about Ukraine trade deal

The deal will eliminate most tariffs for goods moving between the two countries

Lost in the hoopla of signing the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA), legislation has been introduced to implement a free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine. When it comes into force, it would immediately eliminate duties on 99.9 per cent of goods imported from Ukraine and would likewise affect 86 per cent of Canadian exports to