October 16, 2009 09:00 ET

OnTrace Comments on the Proposed Ontario Animal Health Act

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2009) - OnTrace Agri-food Traceability welcomes the October 5th announcement in the Ontario legislature concerning the introduction of an Animal Health Act. While the proposed Act mainly addresses animal welfare, there are also sections that deal with the growing importance of tracking and tracing animal and product movement through the food chain.

Ontario agricultural groups have worked for many years in calling for this framework to help protect animal and human health, and the economic viability of the Ontario livestock and poultry sector by mitigating the impact of animal diseases. The government's announcement included support for a future traceability framework to enable the quick identification and control of disease and food hazards.

"The Ontario agriculture and food sectors need a relevant, reliable, readily accessible traceability system in order to help reduce risks and potential negative consequences of these hazards," Curtiss Littlejohn, Chair of the Board of Directors of OnTrace, pointed out. "OnTrace is glad to see that government recognizes the importance of demonstrating to our trading partners and consumers what we already know - Ontario food is the best in the world when it comes to quality and safety. This legislation is an important step in protecting and supporting Ontario's agriculture and food sectors."

"OnTrace is pleased to see reference to traceability in the proposed Act as in indication of what we can expect in the near future," said Brian Sterling, CEO of OnTrace. "Animal health, emergency management and food safety are concerns of government and industry. Traceability is an key tool for sharing the critical information needed to manage animal welfare emergencies as well as food safety and other agriculture and food related crises."


OnTrace is the industry-led not-for-profit corporation created to lead food traceability programs and initiatives in the province of Ontario. The OnTrace Board of Directors is made of senior industry leaders from a cross-section of agriculture and other industry sectors. OnTrace's goals are: to deliver traceability solutions that will enable the agriculture and agri-food industry in Ontario to become more innovative and competitive and; to strengthen the capacity of industry and government to respond to emergencies related to agriculture and agri-food welfare and public safety.

OnTrace is located at: 1030 Gordon Street, Suite 202, Guelph, ON N1G 4X5. Our contact coordinates are: Toll Free 1-888-38-TRACE (8-7223) Phone 519.766.9292, Fax 519.766.1313. For further information, visit: www.ontraceagrifood.com.

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