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CCA Statement on COOL reaction

Calgary, AB – With just days to go before the May 23 deadline set by the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the United States (U.S.) to amend its mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau met with his Mexican and American counterparts to discuss areas for cooperation.Unrau and Confederacion Nacional de Ganaderos (CNOG) President Oswaldo Chazaro and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President-Elect Bob McCan met in Queretaro, Mexico to discuss areas where the three cattle producer groups can cooperate.

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New measures will further strengthen Canada's food safety system

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) believes the new rules and requirements for beef outlined in the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan will further strengthen Canada’s food safety system. The enhanced controls are intended to reduce the risk of E.coli O157:H7.Announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, the Action Plan includes new requirements for industry and government. Increased Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) testing and oversight is part of the plan, in addition to new requirements to strengthen existing controls at federally-registered beef plants that make beef trim, ground beef and beef patties.

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CCA submits request for approval of beef irradiation to Health Canada

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce it has submitted the necessary paperwork requested by Health Canada to restart the process for approval of beef irradiation in Canada.The CCA expects it will take a minimum of a year for irradiation to be approved, following the submission of the documents to Health Canada on Friday. Irradiation is an effective technology already approved for other foods in Canada and used as a normal course of business in 50 countries around the world to improve food safety for consumers.The ability of irradiation to reduce E.coli O157 and other...

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CCA wants proposed U.S. COOL rule withdrawn

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recommends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed rule for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) be withdrawn as it fails to bring the U.S. into compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.The recommendation is found in the concluding remarks of the CCA comments submitted today in response to the USDA’s proposed regulation published in the Federal Register of March 12, 2013. The CCA recommendation is made in light of USDA’s failure to provide any explanation of how the proposed rule would bring the U.S.

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CCA in Washington, D.C. advocating for legislative amendment to COOL

Calgary, AB – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) representatives worked alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz in Washington, D.C. this week advocating for the legislative amendments required for the U.S. to come into compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations regarding Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).CCA President Martin Unrau and Director, Government and International Relations, John Masswohl, undertook direct advocacy with key industry allies in D.C. to present the CCA position that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal of March 8, 2013 fails to bring the U.S.

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CCA Statement on Federal Budget 2013

The CCA welcomes Budget 2013 and appreciates the Federal Government’s continued commitment to innovation, competitiveness, market development, regulatory cooperation, and addressing labour shortages. These are the top priorities for our industry and for the CCA. We appreciate the tireless efforts of Prime Minister Harper, and Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Ritz and International Trade Minister Fast, for opening markets for our industry and working with us to ensure Canada’s cattle industry can grow and compete.

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Cattlemen’s Young Leaders announces 2013 Mentorship Recipients

Calgary, AB – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) development program is pleased to announce its 2013 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum in Ottawa during the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Annual Meeting. A total of 22 semi-finalists vied for a spot in the national youth initiative of the CCA.The 2013 CYL mentorship recipients are:British Columbia: Cuyler HuffmanAlberta: Amanda Elzinga, Becky Page, Claire Windeyer, Daniel Doerksen, Debra Murphy, Shelby FrolandSaskatchewan: Carla Schmitt, Kelcy Elford, Lance LeachmanManitoba: Andrea Bertholet, Austen Anderson, Carolynne KehlerOntario: Noa MullinNew Brunswick: Meghan BlackNova Scotia: Daniel...

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CCA Statement on USDA proposal for COOL

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) believes that the proposed rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities under the US’s Country of Origin Labeling program, announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will not result in COOL complying with the U.S.’s World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.In the CCA’s view, the USDA’s proposed rule, if adopted, will in fact increase the discrimination against imported cattle by adding labeling requirements and eliminating some of the existing mitigating flexibility, thereby significantly increasing the costs of compliance.

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