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CCA focussed on Canada-Korea free trade agreement

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the Government of Canada has resolved the beef market access issue with Korea and terminated the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel. We call on both Governments to continue their dialogue with the objective to concluding the Canada-Korea free trade agreement (FTA).“Korea is an important market for Canadian cattle producers,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “We appreciate the efforts of International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and cheer their ongoing progress towards restoring market access for high quality Canadian beef.”

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CCA pleased with restored access to Peru for Canadian beef

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with today’s Government of Canada announcement regarding the re-opening of Peru for Canadian beef. Effective immediately, Peru has approved the importation from Canada of all beef and offals from cattle under 30 months of age, plus boneless beef and offals from cattle over 30 months of age.Since the closure of nearly all of Canada’s beef export markets in 2003, the CCA has worked with the Government of Canada to re-open markets. As a result of these efforts, including the tireless efforts and international travel by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and...

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Report calls MCOOL a trade barrier, recommends integrated system based on quality, not origin

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed a joint report released by the Fraser Institute this week that finds that the Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (MCOOL) law in the United States (U.S.) imposes substantial costs on producers for a labelling system that is of little benefit to consumers.The report by the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization in Washington, D.C., recommends that the U.S. and Canada improve their already highly integrated supply chain for red meat by streamlining regulations to create a single red meat regime.

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CCA welcomes proposed new Safe Food for Canadians Act

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the Safe Food for Canadians Act tabled in the Senate today by the Government of Canada. The CCA commends the Harper Government for bringing this ambitious but necessary legislation forward. The proposed Act will consolidate three acts, including the Canada Agricultural Products Act and the Meat Inspection Act, and streamline inspection and enforcement powers across all food commodities.CCA President Martin Unrau said the new Act will address important issues in Canada’s beef cattle industry by improving control over imports and enabling traceability to move forward.“I am particularly pleased that under the Act imported...

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CCA welcomes Standing Committee recommendations on Growing Forward 2

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food report, Growing Forward 2. The committee’s emphasis on the importance of research, innovation and trade, and its subsequent recommended improvements to business risk management (BRM) programming, aligns with what Canadian cattle producers have been asking for.“I commend the committee for listening and understanding the issues brought forward by the CCA on behalf of Canada’s cattle producers during the consultative process on Growing Forward 2,” said CCA President Martin Unrau.The report contains 21 recommendations to improve program delivery for Growing Forward 2 (GF2),...

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CCA VP featured on McDonald’s® Canada tray liner

Calgary, AB – Canadian beef producers may notice a familiar face or two joining them at the table as they dig into their favourite hamburger at McDonald’s.Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President Dave Solverson and his daughter, Joanne Solverson, are featured on a new paper tray liner at McDonald’s restaurants across Canada. A fourth- generation farm family, the Solversons produce beef at their ranch near Camrose, Alberta. The father and daughter duo are featured alongside the iconic image of a Big Mac, made from 100 per cent pure Canadian beef.

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CCA supports proposed changes to federal Meat Inspection Regulations

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports the proposed change to the federal Meat Inspection Regulations to allow for the rare circumstances where food animals could be euthanized on farms under veterinary supervision prior to harvesting the meat.This is a common sense proposal that will allow the meat from injured or aggressive animals to be safely harvested in a manner that is respectful to the welfare of the animal and does not put public health or safety at risk. Health and safety includes the farm workers who would have to load and transport an aggressive or injured...

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Producers urged to participate in online survey on Beef Cattle Code of Practice

(Ottawa) 30 April 2012 – Beef cattle owners and others with an interest in animal care and welfare have an opportunity to provide their input into the redevelopment of Canada’s beef cattle Code of Practice through an online survey.The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting the survey to gain stakeholder insights on the Codes of Practice, and views on the care and handling of beef cattle. Your participation is important.The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is the lead organization responsible for facilitating the beef cattle Code.

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