Livestock Premises ID Participation Strengthens Canadian Agriculture

 
  From the July 31, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 Livestock traceability protects Canada's livestock industry and the public's well-being by strengthening the ability to respond quickly to disease outbreaks, food safety issues and natural disasters.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provinces and territories, and members of the livestock industry are promoting #PremisesIDWeek taking place from July 25 to 31, 2017. They are encouraging producers, farmers and operators in the Canadian livestock supply chain to participate in livestock premises identification.

Identifying premises for livestock operations has many benefits, particularly during an emergency or disease outbreak. Knowing where livestock are located and how to contact owners can reduce potential economic, social and environmental impacts to livestock operations. Livestock traceability that uses valid premises identification numbers helps the industry to:

  • rapidly notify registered livestock stakeholders
  • prepare, manage and reduce the impact of animal health or food safety issues, such as diseases, fires or floods
  • track and trace animals in the event of an emergency
  • better manage emergencies to help maintain market access
The CFIA is considering changes to the Health of Animals Regulations for livestock traceability. These changes would require all Canadian operators of premises where livestock may be loaded or unloaded from a vehicle to have a valid premises identification number for each site, and to report the number when receiving livestock.

Canada's livestock traceability system is a collaborative effort involving federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as livestock and poultry sectors. A robust traceability system helps ensure we can continue to maintain Canada's world-class reputation of producing safe and healthy food, which helps ensure a profitable agricultural sector.

For more information on getting your free premises identification number, or to find a contact in your province or territory, please visit inspection.gc.ca/traceability.

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For Alberta information, go to www.agriculture.alberta.ca/premises.

Contact:
Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-6600
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on July 20, 2017.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 25, 2017.