September 14, 2016 12:03 ET
SAINT-HYACINTHE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 14, 2016) - Pierre Breton, Member of Parliament for Shefford and member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, today announced an investment of $690,000 to Éleveurs de volailles du Québec (ÉVQ) to help the Quebec poultry industry reduce the preventive use of antibiotics.
Under this project, the Poultry Research Chair at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will assess various alternative strategies and their effects on flock performance. The latest research into anti-microbial resistance (AMR) builds on a previous project, also funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and will seek solutions that can be applied across the entire poultry industry.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that the use of antibiotics in agriculture is of growing concern with consumers. The Government is supporting the Quebec poultry industry as it continues research to reduce the use of antibiotics in chicken production, which will benefit public health and promote prosperity for producers and all Canadians."
"The Quebec poultry industry is committed to developing cutting-edge farming methods while maintaining strict, rigorous animal welfare standards. Flock health and the quality of consumer products are top priorities. Working with the Poultry Research Chair, we are taking the necessary steps to preserve and enhance these priority areas by building on research and development."
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Guy GallantDirector of CommunicationsOffice of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay613-773-1059Media RelationsAgriculture and Agri-Food CanadaOttawa, Ontario613-773-7972 / 1-866-345 7972Lizianne FortierDirector, Marketing and CommunicationsLes Eleveurs de volailles du QuebecOffice: 450-679-0540 ext. 8783Cell: 438-395-0665
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