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Date Set for Mandatory Traceability in Canada

by 5m Editor
4 October 2013, at 7:11am

CANADA - The Government of Canada and the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) have agreed that mandatory requirements for the PigTrace Canada programme will take effect on 1 July 2014.

Federal regulation of PigTrace Canada, the national swine traceability system, is an important step towards building an effective programme that responds to disease outbreaks and food safety emergencies.

Since proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations were published by the Government of Canada during the summer of 2012, the CPC and its provincial partners have worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on an appropriate timeline to implement the traceability programme and make it mandatory under federal law. 1 July 2014 sets a reasonable timeframe to allow the CPC and its provincial member organizations to continue to grow the programme.

For producers in Alberta, as long as they continue to comply with the Alberta Swine Traceability regulations, they will also meet the federal requirements.