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On-farm inspections are the first hurdle for beef producers hoping to sell into the European Union.

Stand and be counted: beef industry seeking vets for EU compliance inspections

The Manitoba Beef Producers is teaming up with the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association to streamline the hunt for an on-farm inspector

Technically beef producers have been able to sell their product into the EU since 2017 when the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into effect. But in practice a number of regulatory issues have stalled any progress including Europe’s insistence on hormone-free beef and the use of carcass wash not approved in the

CFIA veterinarian Max Popp speaking at the Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting in Brandon on Feb. 4.

Cattle producers warned to avoid transport violations

'Out of sight and out of mind' is the wrong attitude when shipping animals

Cattle producers should keep an extra-close eye on their animals’ condition before loading for transport, says a Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian. “Cattle hide their pain so that they don’t look vulnerable to predators. Keep that in mind when monitoring your herd,” said Max Popp, CFIA animal health district veterinarian, western area operations. “The primary


A worker collecting cucumbers inside a greenhouse in La Mojonera, southeastern Spain, June 2, 2011. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant E. coli contaminated vegetables in Europe that year, killing 17 and sickening more than 1,500 in 10 European countries. Antibiotic-resistant bugs are linked to overuse of antibiotics in human medicine and agriculture.   Photo: Francisco Bonilla, Reuters

Producers slowly becoming aware of antimicrobial resistance

Their misuse has the power to render the most powerful tools in modern medicine impotent, yet in Manitoba there is more regulation around the sale of pesticides than antimicrobials used in livestock production. Mounting evidence points to an increase in antimicrobial-resistant diseases worldwide, and a research paper published recently in The Lancet calls for greater