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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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CCA in Japan to celebrate expanded market access

Calgary, AB –Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau was in Japan recently, working alongside Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, to promote Canadian beef and celebrate the recent expansion of access to include beef from cattle up to 30 months of age. While in Japan, Unrau and Minister Ritz met with Japanese meat importers, retailers and other beef customers. “Japan is an important market for Canadian beef with huge growth potential under the expanded market access announced in January,” Unrau said.

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CCA Statement on sunsetting of biofuels policy

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has long believed that a market-based biofuels industry will enable the cattle industry to compete for feed grains on a level playing field. A recent decision by the Federal Government to sunset its biofuels subsidy in 2017 as revealed in a Globe and Mail news article brings the CCA one step closer to realizing this goal. In addition to ending the biofuels subsidy, the CCA fully supports the sunsetting of federal and provincial biofuels mandates.

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BIXS Carcass Data Guide now available

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce the release of an important tool in the interpretation of data flowing from the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). The BIXS Carcass Data Guide helps BIXS users more fully understand how carcass data is collected and transmitted via BIXS along with specific information on what the data means. The guide explains the use of Computer Vision Systems (CVS) and the camera-derived carcass data linked to an individual animal Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) ID tag.

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CCA cheers expansion of beef access to Japan

Calgary, AB – Today, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz announced that Japan will implement an amendment to its beef import requirements enabling Canadian beef from cattle aged under-30-months (UTM) to be eligible for shipment to Japan for the first time in a decade. When the long-awaited amendment comes into effect on Friday, February 1, it will essentially double the number of cattle that are eligible to produce beef for Japan and enable Canada to export on a year-round basis.

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CCA pleased with additional export capacity to China

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that China has approved four additional Canadian processing facilities to export Canadian beef to China. This brings the total number of approved facilities to seven and should lead to expanded access opportunities for Canadian beef. CCA President Martin Unrau said with the successful approval of the additional facilities now achieved by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Market Access Secretariat, CCA’s priority for China will shift to further expand access to include bone-in under-thirty-month (UTM) beef.

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CCA welcomes JBS Food Canada, Inc.’s intent to purchase XL Foods Inc. assets

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that JBS Food Canada, Inc. , the Canadian subsidiary of JBS USA, will complete the transaction to purchase select assets of XL Foods Inc. , effective January 14. The announcement of intent marks the official entry of global protein giant JBS S. A. into Canada and comes three months after its wholly owned subsidiary, JBS USA, took over management of the XL processing facility in Brooks, AB.

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Draft beef cattle Code of Practice released for public comment

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the launch of the public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. The draft Code can be viewed at nfacc. ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle until March 8, 2013. Comments must be submitted through the online system at nfacc. ca/codes-ofpractice/beef-cattle and easy to follow instructions are provided.

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