(Erica Shaffer – Meat & Poultry)
Canadian trade officials are in contact with Chinese officials following that country’s announcement of temporary trade restrictions on imports of Canadian beef. Meanwhile, agriculture officials have expanded their traceback investigation.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) learned of the trade ban before updating the status of the agency’s investigation into the country’s 19th confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow from northern Alberta. Taiwan, Peru, Indonesia, South Korea and Belarus already have enacted bans on Canadian beef and beef products.
“We continue to work with our trading partners to share information and respond to questions they may have,” said Paul Mayers, vice president – Policy and Programs, CFIA. “We have and will continue to share information on the investigation with industry trading partners and other stakeholders. The CFIA remains committed to protecting animal health and takes BSE very seriously. All necessary resources have been directed towards managing this situation and investigation.” Click here to read more.