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CCA pleased that Establishment 38 re-listed to export to the U.S., effective immediately

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is extremely pleased to learn that the Establishment 38 processing facility in Brooks, Alberta, has been approved to once again export beef to the United States (U.S.)The re-listing received from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) means the facility, operating under the management of animal protein processing giant JBS USA since mid-October, can now work towards normalizing capacity.CCA President Martin Unrau said the additional capacity will ensure a competitive marketplace for Canadian cattle while the normalization of operations at Establishment 38 will boost confidence in the Canada’s beef...

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CCA pleased with new Growing Forward 2 programs

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the announcement today from the Government of Canada regarding three new programs under Growing Forward 2 (GF2). The new programs are in direct alignment with the CCA’s key priorities of research and innovation, competitiveness and market development.“These top priorities of the CCA are fundamental areas that help to deliver long-term benefits to Canada’s beef cattle industry,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “By focussing investments on research outcomes that address industry priorities, the Government is enabling Canada to maintain its status as a leader in agriculture.”Announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry...

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CCA congratulates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipients

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that 38 Canadians will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their significant contributions to the beef industry, their community and their country.Today, 19 Alberta-based recipients will be honoured during the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Annual Meeting in Calgary. These recipients will receive their medals from CCA President Martin Unrau and Past President Travis Toews at a special ceremony during the ABP evening banquet. 

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CCA pleased with WTO deadline on COOL

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator today established a firm deadline for the United States (U.S.) to ensure its Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements square with its WTO obligations. The U.S. now has until May 23, 2013 to comply with the Panel and Appellate Body reports adopted by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body this past July, confirming that U.S. COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U.S. market.CCA President Martin Unrau thanked Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast for their concerted efforts on the...

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CCA tribute to Neil Jahnke

Calgary, AB – Neil Jahnke, a life-long champion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry, passed away Monday at the age of 70 at his ranch near Gouldtown, Saskatchewan. Neil will be remembered by many as a visionary leader who took a long-term approach to the industry with a firm focus on building towards the future.The consummate cowboy, Neil was known for his traditional cowboy dress, his passionate opinions and the way he carried himself in leadership roles with nearly every significant cattle organization in Saskatchewan and Canada.

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CCA statement on CTV news broadcast on November 28

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) would like to reassure consumers that all beef processed in Canada meets the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) strict food safety standards. Canada has one of the best food safety systems in the world and we are confident in the procedures CFIA applies to ensure the safety of beef produced for both the domestic and export markets.A CTV news item broadcast on November 28 may have left viewers with an incorrect impression. The memo issued by CFIA, which was referenced in the story, related to an inspection station which is dedicated to monitoring the requirements...

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CCA welcomes Agriculture and Agri-Food Market Access Report

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the Agriculture and Agri-Food Market Access Report 2011-2012 released today. The report itemizes the many significant market access achievements of benefit to the Canadian cattle industry captured in this period as a result of the determined efforts of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast.CCA President Martin Unrau said competitive market access is crucial to the success of the Canadian cattle industry. Restoration of access of under thirty month (UTM) Canadian beef to South Korea and UTM boneless Canadian beef to China, along with the World Trade Organization...

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CCA pleased that Establishment 38 to resume operations, effective immediately

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is looking forward to the full resumption of operations at the XL Foods Inc. beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta, following the successful conclusion of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) assessment.The plant today received a clean bill of health from the CFIA along with the return of its operating license. The XL facility can now begin the rebuilding process. This means safe, high-quality Canadian beef will once again be widely available in stores.CCA President Martin Unrau thanked consumers for their continued support of Canadian beef as the industry moves forward from...

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