Collaboration to improve Canadian plant research

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are teaming up to improve plant health.

The project will bring researchers from both groups together to improve collaboration and increase efficiencies as they work to find ways to improve plant health, including the elimination of the plum pox virus, which affects stone […]

Groups fight COOL

Some of the meat industry’s largest trade groups are challenging the U.S.’s newest version of its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

The eight groups, which represent producers in the beef and pork industries from across North America, say COOL violates the U.S. Constitution by “compelling speech in the form of costly and detailed labels on meat […]

Canada names potential items on COOL tariff list

Pushing back after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final country of origin labeling (COOL) rules last month, Canada has released a list of U.S. commodities up for potential retaliatory tariffs.

The U.S. and Canada have been sparring over the rule, which also have been the subject of a World Trade Organization (WTO) […]

USDA publishes final COOL rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final version of the changes to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for muscle cut commodities last week.

The rule changes how these commodities are labeled to require the origin designation to include information not only on where the meat came from (currently often listed as “Product of the U.S.”), […]

Safe Food for Canadians Act implementation begins

The Canadian government has taken the next step in rolling out the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

Last week, officials unveiled the government’s action plan, which aims to provide additional information to consumers, create more effective inspections and enhance food safety rules, according to a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Several food […]

Canada looks at tariffs over COOL

Despite its name, the situation between the U.S. and Canada regarding country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is anything but cool.

Canada could impose almost $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. products if the U.S. doesn’t comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on meat labeling by a May 23 deadline, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said […]

Russia to increase ractopamine restrictions on Canada

Russia is set to further restrict Canadian meat imports over the feed additive ractopamine.

Since the measures first were announced in December, Canada still had been able to export small amounts of meat that was free of ractopamine to Russia. However, the new restrictions could severely impact meat exports to Russia, including about $15 million […]

U.S., Canada adopt animal disease zoning agreement

The U.S. and Canada are taking more steps toward cooperation in “aligning the two countries’ regulations.”

On Wednesday, the two nations announced they intend to recognize zoning measures put in the place by the other in the case of “highly contagious foreign animal disease outbreak,” according to a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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Safe Food for Canadians Act moves to next round of legislative process

A massive overhaul of the Canadian food system only has one more hurdle before it becomes approved.

The act recently moved through the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. It now is back at the Canadian House of Commons for a third reading.

The Safe Food for Canadians Act will provide harsher penalties for those […]

Canadian Food Inspection Agency releases new biosecurity standard for cattle

To strengthen biosecurity on cattle farms, the Canadian government has published a new standard outlining best practices.

The Canadian Beef Cattle On-farm Biosecurity Standard was developed in collaboration with cattle producers and industry officials, and outlines ways to reduce disease.

Although not a mandatory standard, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said adhering to the […]