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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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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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