Ottawa - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provinces and territories, and members of the livestock industry are promoting #Premises-ID-Week which runs until Sunday.
The purpose of the week, is to encourage producers, farmers and operators in the Canadian livestock supply chain to take part in livestock premises identification.
Identifying premises for livestock operations has a vast array of benefits:
- rapidly notify registered livestock stakeholders
- prepare, manage and reduce the impact of animal health or food safety issues, such as diseases, fires or floods
- track and trace animals in the event of an emergency
- better manage emergencies to help maintain market access
Knowing where livestock are located and how to contact owners can reduce potential economic, social and environmental impacts to livestock operations.
The CFIA is considering changes to the Health of Animals Regulations for livestock traceability, which would require all Canadian operators of premises where livestock may be loaded or unloaded from a vehicle to have a valid premises identification number for each site.
Right now, five provinces have mandatory premises I-D, including Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – but all provinces and territories have systems in place to issue PID numbers.
For more information on getting your free premises identification number, or to find a contact in your province or territory, visit inspection.gc.ca/traceability.
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