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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.