ARCHIVED - Consultation: Amending the Health of Animals Regulations for the importation of manure and fertilizer containing manure

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The consultation closed 2012-10-20.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) would like your feedback on updating the regulations for importing manure and manure-based fertilizers.

In recent years there has been an increase in the international trade in manure and fertilizer containing manure from exotic and non-traditional species such as horses and bats. These changing trade patterns increase the risk that foreign animal diseases could enter Canada.

The Agency is considering amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations that would continue to allow trade in imported manure and manure-based fertilizers, while protecting animal and human health from new and re-emerging animal diseases.

The CFIA would like your feedback on the following:

  • Do you feel that an amendment to the Health of Animals Regulations that would clarify the definition of manure to include all species of concern would be of benefit? Would this impact you? In what way?
  • Do you support enhancing import measures for manure to address known human and animal disease hazards?

The CFIA will use comments from stakeholders to help shape the regulatory proposal moving forward.

For more information, please read the background document.

Deadline for comments: October 20, 2012

If you have any questions or would like to provide comments by email, fax or regular mail, please contact:

Dr. L. Ann Allain
Animal Products and By-Products Section
Import/Export Division
Animal Health Directorate
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0Y9
Fax: 613-773-7575

For email submissions, please include "Review of milk imports - Health of Animals Regulations" as the subject line.

Note on privacy: Please note that by submitting comments, you consent to having them published in whole or in part, along with your name or the name and address of any entity or association that you represent, and the position you hold within that entity or association and you warrant that you have the authority to give that consent on behalf of that entity or association. All comments may be edited by the CFIA. Comments provided to the CFIA are subject to requests for access to information under the Access to Information Act. All personal information will be treated in accordance with that Act and the Privacy Act. Personal information will remain confidential and will not be published by the CFIA, except for the information that you are consenting to have published as noted above.

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