Canada approves methane-reducing feed additive for cattle

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has approved 3-Nitrooxypropanol, known as 3NOP, for use in Canada.

3NOP is a livestock feed ingredient aimed at reducing methane emissions from cattle.

The Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) says that it and the National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) have consistently advocated for new innovations such as methane-reducing feed ingredients to be available in Canada, as they are in other jurisdictions, including those of our global competitors.

Reducing methane emissions by 33 per cent by 2030 is a goal of the Canadian cattle sector. According to the most recent National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA), the sector is on track to meet that goal.

“The approval of 3NOP offers a tremendous opportunity for our industry, particularly within the feedlot sector, to further advance our efforts to reduce methane emissions,” says the Canadian Cattle Association.

The CFIA intends to add 3NOP to the Canadian Food Inspection Table (CFIT) under the renamed Subclass 6.19.4 (Gut modifier ingredients: Ingredients for the mitigation of environmental impacts related to livestock production). 3NOP has the potential to reduce rumen methane emissions, and its use has shown no negative impacts on rumen microbial population, rumen pH, dry matter intake, fibre digestion or production, when fed to cattle, says the CCA.

“We look forward to further development of guidelines as this innovative product is put into use and examined around the world. CCA and NCFA are confident that this approval aligns with the beef industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship while meeting the need for innovative and practical tools to help reduce GHG emissions in the beef cattle sector. We appreciate CFIA’s engagement of industry during this process,” says the CCA, in a release.

Related: How do we reduce methane? Let us count the ways 

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