Annex R: The Canadian Program for Certifying Freedom from Growth Enhancing Products (GEPs) for the Export of Beef to the European Union (EU)
Annex R-1 Physical checks for the presence of implants

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The following five points serve to outline procedures that should be done when inspecting animals for the presence of implants at the feedlots and slaughter establishments:

  1. Such checks shall include an overall assessment of the animals for any unusual physical development indicative of hormone administration.
  2. The remainder of the physical check consists of thorough palpation of both ears.
  3. Evidence or suspicion of an implant at the farm shall trigger the appropriate investigation and corrective action as needed.
  4. At the slaughtering establishment an examination of the brisket is to be made, following splitting of the carcass.
  5. If, as the result of a physical check, administration of an implant is detected or suspected, the CFIA Veterinarian in Charge (VIC) or the district Veterinarian shall be notified immediately. This information must then be relayed by the CFIA VIC or the district Veterinarian to the CFIA Area Veterinary Program Specialist for proper follow-up.
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