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Canada Changes Import Regs

Canada Changes Import Regulations for U.S. Commodities
CFIA Press Release
March 29, 2005

OTTAWA - Effective immediately, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded access under its import regulations to allow for a range of U.S. commodities that have been prohibited since a case of BSE was detected in Washington State in December 2003. This is an important step towards the harmonized North American import standard for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) recently agreed upon by officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States (U.S.). The proposed regulations were posted for comment in Canada Gazette, Part I, on January 30th and will be posted to Canada Gazette, Part II, on March 31st.

These new regulations demonstrate how Canadian import restrictions have been reviewed and updated to better reflect international import standards related to BSE, as well as to advance North American harmonization. Under the new import regulations, some of the commodities now allowed include feeder cattle less than 30 months of age and goats and sheep less than 12 months of age for feeding or immediate slaughter, and bulls destined for animal semen production centres. Bone-in sheep and goat meat from animals under 12 months of age will also now be permitted.

Compliments of the United States Animal Health Association

USAHA is a 108 year-old science based national organization of state and federal governments, industry, universities and other groups that address issues of food safety, animal health and disease control, homeland security, animal welfare and public health. USAHA serves as a clearing house for new information and methods which may be incorporated into laws, regulations, policies and programs. It acts to develop solutions to animal health and food safety issues based on science, new information and methods, public policy, risk/benefit analysis and the ability to develop consensus for changing law, regulations, policies and programs.


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