Market Access Comes From Being a World Leader in Traceability24 May 2013
CANADA - Cattle tracing efforts, feed bans and testing programmes have led to confidence in Canadian beef, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) announced on Monday, the tenth anniversary since the bovine spongiform encephalopathy outbreak.
Feed bans and testing have allowed market access to grow exponentially in the last decade, the association said.
Consequently, Canada is in a two year 'home straight' towards being BSE free, upon approval of the World Organisation for Animal Health.
This is is no small part due to the surveillance of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency who commit to responding to diseases by tracing back an animal to it herd.
Efforts from Ministers Ed Fast and Jerry Ritz have allowed Canadian beef to bounce back from BSE. The CCA stated that any current beef trading issues do not relate to disease risk but foreign countries ignoring international science-based guidelines.
The CCA stressed the importance of beef confidence, both to the economy and Canada's 68,500 beef farms and feedlots.
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