|Small ruminant import policy to change February 1, 2016|
Small ruminant import policy to change February 1, 2016
For Immediate Release
November 16, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario - Following a lengthy consultation period that saw three draft policies considered over the past 3 years, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that revised import policy for small ruminants intended for breeding purposes will change effective February 1, 2016.
Among other revisions, the policy will require that:
- Imported females must originate from a farm that is considered a “negligible risk premises”
- Imported males must meet ONE of the following criteria to be eligible for import from the US:
- Must originate from a “negligible risk premises”, OR
- Rams must be of the codon 136AA 171RR or 136AA 171QR genotype, OR
- May be imported from any premises in the US provided they are imported onto a farm that has been enrolled in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP) for a minimum of 1 year. Under this option, there are additional post-import restrictions placed on imported animals including how they are kept and where they can move.
The policy describes what constitutes a “negligible risk premises” in detail. In essence, US farms enrolled in the USDA Scrapie Flock Certification Program Export Monitored stream for a minimum of 5 years (even if they have not yet reached 'Export Certified' status) constitut