by Allison Finnamore Farm Credit Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is looking for feedback on proposed changes to the Health of Animals Act.

The changes, it says, are intended to strengthen livestock and poultry traceability in Canada. CFIA says the changes would increase rapid response time to disease outbreaks and natural disasters, like floods and ice storms, and protect public health and food safety.

CFIA says the focus is farm-to-slaughter traceability of livestock and poultry species. The proposed changes include animal and location identification, animal movement reporting and recording and information and privacy protection.

A consultation document explaining the proposed changes is available on the CFIA’s website and is open for comments until May 3, 2012. The CFIA will use comments from the public and stakeholders to help shape the proposal.

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