Tag: CFIA

CFIA’s Mixed Priorities Holding Back Canadian Agriculture

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is one of the cornerstones of food safety in Canada. Federal inspectors monitor meat and food processing plants, feed mills, and even farms. But beyond what we tend to hear in the media about inspections, the CFIA has much larger responsibilities, some of which need to be separated from… Read more »

CFIA Proposes Changes to Animal Transport Rules

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has proposed changes to the rules for the transportation of animals. Discussions about changes to the transport regulations, most of which have been in place since 1977, have been ongoing for a number of years. The draft amendments were finally published in Canada Gazette on December 3 (read the entire proposal here.) The… Read more »

$16.7 Million Committed to AgriRecovery Compensation for Bovine TB Quarantine

$16.7 million has been set aside for an AgriRecovery program to help cattle producers in Alberta affected by the bovine TB quarantine. While Alberta’s Treasury Board has yet to approve the funding, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the dollar figure in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The “2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative” will provide… Read more »

Bovine TB Quarantine Expands to Over 22,000 Head

The scope of the bovine TB investigation centred in southeast Alberta continues to grow. Here’s what we know so far: As of Monday, over 22,000 head of cattle are now quarantined on around 40 premises. Most of the 40 quarantined locations are in Alberta, with no more than five in Saskatchewan. The number of premises linked to… Read more »

Lack of Government Compensation for Quarantined Cattle Inexcusable

With the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) tuberculosis investigation ongoing and no clearly-defined ending in sight, concern is rising for the ranches involved. Currently, compensation only exists if animals need to be destroyed. At the Agriculture Committee meeting in Ottawa this week, it was made very clear that the status quo is going to leave… Read more »

TB Investigation Expected to Take Several Months

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it expects the investigation following the case of bovine tuberculosis in southeast Alberta will take several months to complete. Around 30 farms have been quarantined following the discovery of bovine TB by U.S. officials in an animal originating from a ranch in the southeast part of the province in… Read more »

Avian Flu Quarantine Zones in Ontario Lifted — Updated

Update on July 30th: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency removed the final Avian Influenza Control Zone (located in the counties of Oxford and Waterloo) after lifting the quarantine on the second Ontario farm on Wednesday, July 29th. Permits are no longer required for the movement of birds and bird products in Ontario.  A three month surveillance… Read more »

Verticillium Wilt Survey to Determine the Distribution of New Canola Threat

Now that Verticillium longisporum has been found in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is working on getting a handle on the distribution of the new disease threat to canola. The verticillium wilt pathogen, which has caused significant economic losses in Europe’s rapeseed crop, was found in a canola trial plot at an undisclosed research location in… Read more »

Third Oxford County Farm Presumed Infected with H5 Avian Influenza; Within 2nd Quarantine Zone

Updated April 28, 2015: CFIA confirms that the third farm is infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain. Humane depopulation of the premises was concluded April 26. A turkey farm in Oxford County has been named as “presumed” positive for H5 avian influenza, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The 8,000 head turkey… Read more »

CFIA Confirms Avian Flu Virus in Ontario is Same Strain Found in U.S. and B.C.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the avian influenza virus found in a turkey flock near Woodstock, Ontario is the same subtype identified in British Columbia in December and in several states in the US Midwest over the last month. “The CFIA’s testing at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Diseases has confirmed the strain responsible for… Read more »

Union Undermining Confidence in Food Safety System, Warns CFIA President

The head of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is accusing the union that represents food inspectors of “unnecessarily undermining Canadians’ confidence in their food safety system.” The Agriculture Union issued a news release this week saying cost-cutting within the CFIA is creating an inspector shortage that is putting Canadians’ health at risk. As an example, the union says… Read more »

Latest BSE-Positive Cow Born on the Same Farm as 2010 Case

The recent case of a BSE-positive cow found in Alberta has been traced back to a birth farm that produced another positive BSE case in 2010. In the case of that cow, the 17th detected in Canada, the animal was born in 2004, three years before the enhanced feed ban came into effect. The Canadian… Read more »

Alberta Beef Industry Conference: CFIA Update on BSE Case, CCA Response

Delegates of the Alberta Beef Industry Conference heard from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) on the latest case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on February 20, 2015. The representatives gave an update on the case, and provided insight into the measures Canada is taking to reduce disease incidence. “The way that… Read more »

CFIA Investigation Unveils Birthdate of Alberta BSE Case

February 18, 2015 — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has determined the animal confirmed positive in a recent BSE case in Alberta was born in March of 2009. “We were also able to confirm the location of the birth farm yesterday evening,” said Paul Mayers, Vice President, Policy and Program at the CFIA, in a conference call… Read more »

A Recap on Changes to Plant Breeders’ Rights — Will Seed Be More Expensive?

As Bill C-18 — The Agricultural Growth Act — makes its way through the parliamentary process, questions linger around what the bill does and doesn’t mean for Canadian farmers. Will the changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights act mean you can you still save seed? Will the adoption of UPOV ’91 make seed more expensive?… Read more »