Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 08, 2005 11:26 ET

AAFC: New Zealand Lifts Import Restrictions on Canadian Beef

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 8, 2005) - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Andy Mitchell today announced that New Zealand will lift their remaining BSE-related restrictions on Canadian beef, effective immediately. New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has recognised that the consumer safeguards implemented in Canada to manage the human health risks associated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are equivalent to New Zealand's standards. This means that NZFSA acknowledges the safety of Canadian beef with respect to BSE.

"The normalisation of beef trade with New Zealand, a BSE-free country, is a solid acknowledgement of the effectiveness of our BSE measures in assuring the safety of Canadian beef," said Minister Mitchell. "Canadians can take pride in their livestock industry, and the tremendous lengths they have gone to demonstrate that our beef is among the best in the world."

New Zealand will remove the case-by-case assessment of Canadian bovine products currently in place and arrange for immediate implementation of our equivalence decision and the agreed certification for bovine products exported from Canada.

New Zealand officials have indicated they hold Canada in high regard with respect to its agricultural practices and food safety risk management systems.

This announcement is an important element of the Government of Canada's commitment to the resumption of full market access with key markets. This marks the 15th country that Canada has resumed full or partial trade with since borders were closed in May 2003.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972 or 1 (866) 345-7972
    or
    International Trade Canada
    Media Relations Office
    (613) 995-1874
    http://www.international.gc.ca
    or
    Minister Mitchell's office, Ottawa
    Elizabeth Whiting
    (613) 759-1059