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.
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.
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.
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.