Amendments to Regulations amending the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XV (Livestock identification and traceability)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending 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 farmed deer and elk. It would introduce the requirement to report the domestic movement of cattle, bison, sheep, goat, and farmed deer and elk. 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. Moreover, the proposed amendments would address several concerns and recommendations raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Animal traceability is the ability to follow an animal or group of animals through all stages of its life. This regulatory proposal would amend Part XV of the Health of Animal Regulations to include mandatory animal identification and movement reporting requirements for cattle, bison, sheep, pigs, goat, and cervid species thereby broadening the scope of activities and animals that are subject to traceability requirements.

Enabling Act

Health of Animals Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There would be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. The CFIA is currently conducting these analyses.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in summer/fall 2018. 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 intermediate and terminal sites, and provincial/territorial governments. Consultations have been on-going with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and provincial and territorial governments, who are generally in agreement with the regulatory proposal and continue to provide input on proposed requirements and implementation.

Departmental Contact

Legislation@inspection.gc.ca

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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