Volume 1 Issue 4 | November 2, 2009

In This Issue ...

Australia modernizes BSE rules…finally

Australia announced that it is changing its policy regarding how it treats beef from countries that have had a case of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy). Until now, beef originating in a country that had a case of BSE could not be sold in Australia. The new policy recognizes the risk status levels established by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) and comes into effect on March 1, 2010.

The former policy applied equally to imported beef and domestic Australian beef. In other words, if Australia were to ever report a BSE case, the former policy would have prevented Australian beef from being sold in Australia.

A review of the policy was undertaken by Professor John Matthews who concluded that “the risk to human health from imported beef remains extremely low, provided the appropriate risk mitigation strategies are put in place,” as quoted from the Australian government’s news release.

In short, this is a good step. The CCA is very pleased to see that Australia is taking a science-based approach to their imported beef policy. A logical, next step would be for Australia to recognize Canada’s classification as a “controlled risk” country for BSE and proceed to allow imports of Canadian beef.

To read the full release from Australia, click here.

WTO case on mCOOL progresses

On October 23, the Government of Canada made good on its intentions to request the WTO (World Trade Organization) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to establish a panel to determine whether the United States (U.S.) Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labelling (mCOOL) law violates the U.S.’s trade obligations.

As expected, the U.S. exercised its right to block the request. CCA expects our federal government to make a second request at the next DSB meeting on November 19. The panel will be automatically established on the second request.

For more details on the project timeline of the WTO process, click here.


Learn about the Canadian Johne’s Disease Initiative (CJDI)

The CJDI was created to reduce the prevalence of Johne’s Disease (JD) in Canadian herds.

CJDI is a collaborative activity of industry, governments and veterinary schools led by the CCA, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC).

The CJDI focuses on:

Initially, the CJDI encourages provincial delivery of the Prevention Pathway of the JD program. Currently, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have initiated programs. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia are assessing the proposed national approach and considering program options.

Stay tuned for more coverage on this issue in future editions of the CCA “Action News” as we talk further about the CJDI and its many elements.

For more information, visit the CJDI page on the CAHC website at www.animalhealth.ca/CJDI.

CCA Action News

Staff Contributors: John Masswohl and Rob McNabb
Written by: Natalie Arnieri
Edited by: Sharon Jensen

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