An necessary step ahead was taken Might 27 for the Canadian beef business, because the World Group for Animal Well being (OIE) acknowledged Canada as negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
“The recommendation by the OIE’s Scientific Commission to grant Canada negligible risk status for BSE is a historic closing of the BSE era for Canada which brought [unprecedented] hardship to our industry in the early 2000’s,” says Bob Lowe, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Affiliation (CCA).
The attainment of negligible risk places Canada on the lowest degree for transmission of BSE, alongside the U.S. which attained their status in 2013. The management of BSE throughout the globe is a exceptional achievement for OIE members. To realize negligible risk, a rustic should show the final case of classical BSE was born greater than 11 years in the past, and that efficient management measure and surveillance techniques are in place. Canada’s final case was born in 2009.
“Across the country, the cattle industry has been working tirelessly to ensure that Canadians have access to safe, nutritious, and affordable products,” says Senator Rob Black. “This designation means that our beef producers can expand into foreign markets that were previously inaccessible. I would like to thank all those involved in ensuring this process came to fruition, including the Government of Canada, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and the many farmers, ranchers, and consumers who continued to support our beef industry throughout hard times.”
Rob Lipsett, president of Beef Farms of Ontario, additionally expresses reduction on behalf of the group and its 19,000 members within the province. “Confirmation of our negligible-risk status will sllow us to finally begin work to resolve remaining BSE-era market access restrictions that have had a negative impact on our sector’s competitiveness,” he says.
Chris White CEO of the Canadian Meat Council said, “The industry looks forward to working with the government to pursue the range of export opportunities that is now available to our members.”
Though troublesome to totally quantify the direct financial impacts of BSE between 2003, when the primary case was reported, and 2006, losses had been estimated to be between $4.9 to $5.5 billion.
The CCA says they are going to now deal with eradicating the remaining BSE period market entry restrictions in addition to aligning packing home necessities with worldwide suggestions.
Hear Shaun Haney’s dialogue with Bob Lowe, President of CCA on the announcement and the impacts of BSE on the business