The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is extremely pleased to learn that the Establishment 38 processing facility in Brooks, Alberta, has been approved to once again export beef to the United States (U.S.)
The re-listing received from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) means the facility, operating under the management of animal protein processing giant JBS USA since mid-October, can now work towards normalizing capacity.
CCA President Martin Unrau said the additional capacity will ensure a competitive marketplace for Canadian cattle while the normalization of operations at Establishment 38 will boost confidence in the Canada’s beef cattle industry.
“The resumption of full operations at Establishment 38, along with JBS’s recent appointment of Willie Van Solkema to head their Canadian operations, are positive signals for the industry,” Unrau said. “The return of safe, high-quality Canadian beef products from Establishment 38 into the U.S. market is of course great news and a key piece to helping to restoring normalcy to the Canadian industry. On behalf of Canada’s cattle producers, I would like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and the Government of Canada for their efforts and work with the USDA to achieve this science based approval.”