Livestock identification and traceability program: vision, objective, outcomes
To create an industry and government partnership resulting in secure data, networked into a value-driven and sustainable traceability information system that meets Canada's private- and public-sector needs in our diverse agriculture and food industry to:
- enhance our ability to protect animal health and to address food safety issues
- enhance industry competitiveness and ability to retain or capture market opportunities
To provide rapid access to accurate and up-to-date traceability information.
This information may be used to assist in managing emergencies resulting from a food safety issue, a natural disaster or an infectious disease that may spread either slowly and insidiously (e.g. bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE]) or more rapidly (e.g. foot-and-mouth disease).
The expected outcomes for the livestock identification and traceability program are:
- risks to the Canadian public associated with the food supply system are mitigated
- risks to Canadians from the transmission of animal diseases to humans are minimized
- risks to the Canadian animal resource base are mitigated
- domestic and imported animals and animal products are compliant with Canadian regulations and international agreements
- international markets are accessible to Canadian food, animal, plant and their products
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