Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 13, 2007 16:10 ET

AAFC: $3.8 Million to Implement Enhanced Feed Ban in New Brunswick

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 13, 2007) - The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are investing $3.8 million in the province's beef and dairy industries to help accelerate the elimination of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from New Brunswick's cattle herds. The federal-provincial funding program will help the province's cattle sector comply with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's enhanced feed ban, which takes effect on July 12, 2007.

"Canada's New Government recognizes the tremendous efforts of our beef and cattle industries to ensure the safest and highest quality beef products," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "We are pleased to contribute funding to New Brunswick's program to assist industry in meeting the new regulatory requirement."

"New Brunswick has committed its share of funding, and is working with the federal government to facilitate industry's efforts in dealing with the disposal of specified risk material (SRM), including abattoir waste and deadstock," said Ronald Ouellette, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture. "This program will support the development of critical infrastructure, including incineration capacity and research into new and emerging technologies."

This funding announcement will assist New Brunswick's cattle industry in the removal of all SRM - tissues that can harbour BSE - from all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. The program is supported through a 60:40 federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement.

The federal contribution of $2.3 million to New Brunswick is part of an $80 million commitment to SRM removal programs nationwide. Federal funding supplements the provincial contribution of $1.5 million.

The effective implementation of Canada's enhanced feed ban will ensure the protection of animal health, increase consumer confidence, and strengthen the cattle and beef industry's markets in Canada and abroad.

More information on New Brunswick's program can be obtained from Mr. Clint McLean, Manager of Food Safety and Quality, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture at 506-453-2457.

Note to Editors: A photo of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Ronald Ouellette, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture, who marked the signing of the above mentioned agreement, will be available on the CP Photo Network

BACKGROUNDER

Canada-New Brunswick Specified Risk Material Disposal Funding Program

Why is the Government of Canada implementing the enhanced feed ban?
Canada's current feed ban has effectively limited the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since being implemented in 1997. The enhanced feed ban is intended to further protect animal health, and will accelerate Canada's progress toward eradicating BSE from the national herd. Canada's actions are supported by an international team of animal health experts that reviewed the Canadian situation in 2003. Completing the feed ban requirement sends a message to the international trading community that Canada is committed to ensuring the highest quality and safest meat products possible for world trade.

What are specified risk material?

Specified risk material (SRM) are tissues that, in BSE-infected cattle, have been shown to contain the infective agent and transmit the disease. The following tissues are defined in Canadian regulation as SRM: skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia (nerves attached to the brain), eyes, tonsils, spinal cord, and dorsal root ganglia (nerves attached to the spinal cord) of cattle aged 30 months or older, and the distal ileum (part of the small intestine) of cattle of all ages.

What will the funding be used for?

Federal-provincial funding will be provided to a wide cross-section of industry to fund capital expenses for immediate and long-term infrastructure needs. Provincial funds will also be available to support SRM disposal at provincial abattoirs and support research into new and innovative ways to dispose of SRM.

Who is eligible for funding through this program?

Funding will be available to a wide cross-section of industry including the following groups:

- companies permitted to destroy or contain SRM;

- individuals and companies with new technologies that eliminate infectivity and add value to SRM;

- individuals and companies located in New Brunswick, which provide disposal solutions for SRM generated in the province; and,

- provincially regulated red meat abattoirs in New Brunswick that slaughter cattle.

More information on New Brunswick's program can be obtained from Mr. Clint McLean, Manager of Food Safety and Quality, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture at 506-453-2457.

For more information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's enhanced feed ban, please visit www.inspection.gc.ca/bse.

The CFIA news release on the preliminary recommendation from World Organization for Animal Health regarding BSE in Canada can be found at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/newcom/2007/20070309e.shtml.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
    Alain Bryar
    Communications
    506-444-4218