Publication - Identification and Analysis of the Current and Potential Benefits of a National Livestock Traceability System in Canada

Title in English
Identification and Analysis of the Current and Potential Benefits of a National Livestock Traceability System in Canada
Publication ID
10328E
Published Year
2007
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Organization
Subject(s)
Publisher
• AAFC
Type
Electronic PDF
Cost
Free Publication
Language
English
Region
Ottawa/Hull (NCR)
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Status
Available
Pages
1-61
ISBN
978-0-662-46770-0
Catalogue No.
A34-9/2007E-PDF
Summary in English
by Jill E. Hobbs, May T. Yeung and William A. Kerr for Hobbs, Kerr and Associates.

Traceability of food and food ingredients was identified as a policy priority in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial governments' Agricultural Policy Framework. The Food Safety and Quality Policy Directorate (FSQPD) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) define traceability as: the ability to follow an item, or a group of items, whether animal, plant, food product or ingredient, from one point in the supply chain to another, either backwards or forwards. Farm to slaughter livestock traceability systems are being implemented in Canada largely by industry groups, but implementation is occurring at different rates and varies in scope across different species groups. While animal identification is in place for some species groups, premise identification is not yet national although has begun in some provinces and across some species groups. National standards exist for identification of animals and premises, but have not yet been endorsed by a nationally-recognized body. To date, tracking of animal movement only occurs in Quebec. The concept of a national livestock traceability system is therefore under discussion. An assessment of the benefits and costs of a national traceability system informs this policy discussion. The remit of this study was to provide a qualitative analysis of the potential benefits of a national farm to slaughter livestock traceability system for Canada. An assessment of the costs of a national livestock traceability system is being undertaken separately.
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