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CCA welcomes JBS USA in Canada

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to learn that XL Foods Inc. has reached an agreement for JBS USA to assume the management of the beef harvesting and processing operations at Brooks, Alberta, effective immediately. Operations of the Brooks facility have been suspended since September 27, 2012 while corrective actions have been undertaken following a beef recall.“JBS has a global reputation as a leader in the beef business,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “Their sophisticated knowledge of modern beef harvesting management as well as extensive world-wide beef marketing network will be a valuable asset for the entire Canadian beef...

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CCA welcomes Canada’s formal entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Canada has formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as announced today by the Government of Canada. Canada is the 11th country to be included in the TTP negotiations.The Canadian beef industry is highly export dependent and the CCA thanks the Government of Canada for taking action that will increase market access. Canada’s intention to join the TPP was first announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November 2011 and we were formally invited to join in June at the G-20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico.The TPP has the potential...

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CCA Statement on temporary suspension of operations at Establishment 38

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) understands that effective today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made a decision to withdraw Establishment 38’s licence to process cattle. This is the XL Foods facility at Brooks, Alberta.Establishment 38 has been the subject of an investigation surrounding a beef recall over the past several days due to findings of E. coli O157:H7.While the CCA has not been a party to the specific details of the investigation, we understand that CFIA officials have deemed it a necessary component of Establishment 38’s corrective actions to temporarily suspend its license to operate...

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CCA Statement on E.coli O157:H7

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to provide the public with general information on E.coli O157:H7 along with a reminder of the important role of safe food handling in reducing exposure to this common pathogen.E.coli O157:H7 can be present in raw meat, poultry, unpasteurized milk and fruit juices, raw greens and vegetables, and water contaminated with human or animal waste. The thorough cooking of ground meats kills the pathogen and is an important line of defence in safeguarding human health.The CCA is committed to food safety research.

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CCA pleased with FPT Ag Ministers’ focus for GF2

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is pleased with the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers’ approach to Growing Forward 2 (GF2) announced today. Research, innovation and market development are fundamental areas that help to deliver long-term benefits to Canada’s beef cattle industry. “We thank Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and all the Ministers for the strong emphasis on research and innovation and market development in Growing Forward 2; areas that build the competitiveness of our beef cattle industry, and Canada’s competitiveness, as a whole,” said CCA President Martin Unrau.

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CCA Statement on CAPI report

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, Canada’s Beef Food System – a roadmap for dialogue on strategy, and looks forward to discussing it with our members and at the next Beef Value Chain Roundtable.The CCA is working on many of the areas identified in the report to advance the competiveness of the beef cattle sector and the business climate for all members of the Canadian beef cattle industry.

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CCA congratulates 2012 TESA recipient

Calgary, AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Christoph and Erika Weder of Spirit View Ranch as the 2012 recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). TESA is a national award that recognizes excellence in sustainable management and conservation practices that ensure a viable future for Canada’s beef cattle industry. TESA is presented annually to a beef cattle operation that exemplifies the initiatives that producers across the country undertake to preserve and care for their land. The Weders have a passion for the environment, and say that they have a responsibility to the next generation to lookafter the land.

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Beefing-Up Biosecurity on Canadian Farms: Release of a National Beef Biosecurity Standard

Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) are releasing a national biosecurity standard to strengthen Canada’s beef sector.The standard outlines on-farm practices designed to minimize the introduction and control the spread of endemic, emerging, and foreign infectious diseases in the Canadian herd.Click here to read the story in full.

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