Comment on: Proposed changes to the Health of Animals Regulations – Hatcheries and Supply Flocks
Current status: Open
Opened on March 14, 2020 and will close to new input on May 12, 2020.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a 60-day public consultation on these proposed amendments. The purpose of this consultation is to solicit comments on the proposed hatchery-related amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations.
Join in: how to participate
Participate by mail
Send a letter with your ideas and input to the address in the contact information section.
Send us an email
Send an email to cfia.animalhealthregs-reglessantedesanimaux.acia@Canada.ca with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard.
Who is the focus of this consultation
The Government of Canada will engage with:
- consumers and the general public
- hatchery operators and supply flock operators, importers, distributors and retailers
- poultry meat and egg producers associations
- other government departments
About the consultation
A poultry hatchery is an establishment where eggs are incubated and chicks may be hatched for use at another location (for example breeding, table eggs, meat) or the embryonated eggs maybe sold for consumption (balut). As a supplier to meat and egg producers, poultry hatcheries are a critical point of disease transmission (for example Salmonella), which poses a risk to human health and animal health. Veterinarians generally agree that the most effective way to limit the transmission of Salmonella is to address risks at the hatchery and the flocks that supply them. The proposed hatchery-related amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations would modernize the regulations by:
- replacing the existing requirements for hatcheries in various regulations with new requirements in a new Part of the Health of Animals Regulations
- requiring preventive control plans to describe the measures that will be taken to mitigate the risks referred to in the proposed regulations
- adding flexibility to cover existing and emerging zoonotic diseases and
- requiring hatcheries to obtain their eggs from supply flock operators that are similarly mitigating risks
Review the proposed changes to the Health of Animals Regulations – Hatcheries and Supply Flocks, in the Canada Gazette, Part I.
- Proposed documents to be Incorporated by Reference:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Disease Control Section
Animal Health Directorate
59 Camelot Drive
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