Forward Regulatory Plan: 2019-2021
Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XV (livestock identification and traceability)
Description of the objective
Animal traceability is the ability to follow an animal or group of animals through all stages of its life, with the objective of mitigating the impact from a disease outbreak or food safety issue. To support the ability to trace animals, requirements to identify and report the movement of bison, cattle, sheep and pig are included under Part XV of the Health of Animal Regulations.
This regulatory proposal would amend Part XV of the Health of Animal Regulations to include requirements to identify goat and cervid (for example, farmed deer and elk). It would introduce the requirement to report the domestic movement of cattle, bison, sheep, goat, and cervid. Finally, it would require the identification of premises where livestock is kept, and reduce the required time period to report the movement, slaughter and disposal of livestock. By requiring more complete and accurate traceability information, this regulatory proposal would enable a more effective and timely response to disease outbreaks, food safety issues, and would improve support for disease surveillance activities.
A traceability system contributes to food safety outcomes from a gate-to-plate perspective and would be compatible with livestock identification and movement reporting requirements adopted by provincial and territorial governments. This would ultimately have the effect of supporting market access.
- This regulatory initiative is associated with the Regulatory Stock Review Plan
Health of Animals Act
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses
There would be business impacts. The affected stakeholders include the livestock industry, government, and Responsible Administrator (third-party). The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply.
Significant positive impacts with respect to international trade in the event of disease outbreaks are anticipated.
The CFIA is currently conducting analysis on the impact of the proposed changes.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)
Coordination with provincial and territorial governments has been undertaken to ensure regulatory consistency. Preliminary consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture has shown no trade issue with the proposed amendments.
Public consultation opportunities
It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in winter/spring 2020. A public comment period of 75 days will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.
The CFIA conducted two rounds of public consultations; the first in 2013, and the second in 2015. Engagement activities were targeted towards national and provincial industry associations (representing bison, cattle, sheep, goat, deer, elk and pork producers), associations representing auctions, assembly yards, abattoirs and rendering plans, and provincial/territorial governments.
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the FRP
This initiative was first included in the 2015 to 2017 update.
For more information
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