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Source: American Feed Industry Association news release

The American Feed Industry Association submitted comments today regarding two modernized regulatory framework proposals released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)--one on feed ingredient assessment and authorization, the second on feed labeling. The proposals are two of four that CFIA is expected to release.

Canada's "Feeds Regulations" modernization--initiated in 2011 when CFIA began a systematic review of its regulatory framework for food safety, plant health and animal health--now looks to update its regulatory frameworks to reduce overlap and redundancy; increase responsiveness to industry changes; address gaps, weaknesses and inconsistencies; and provide clarity and flexibility to affected regulated parties.

"There has been a general industry consensus that CFIA should update the feed regulatory framework, as the regulations are considered outdated and behind the curve as it relates to international standards and practices," said Gina Tumbarello, AFIA's manager of international trade.

"AFIA has participated in several industry stakeholder meetings with CFIA on the scope and requirements of a renewed feed regulatory framework for Canada. Canada's feed regulatory framework applies to the importation, manufacture and sale of livestock feeds in Canada."

Due to the North American Feed Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) opening of borders between Canada and the U.S., the American feed industry would be affected by both the proposals, specifically the modernization of CFIA's feed labeling requirements specified in the Feeds Regulations.

"As the current requirements stand, many U.S. feed and feed ingredient suppliers have difficulty entering the Canadian market," AFIA wrote in their comments to CFIA. "AFIA supports CFIA's Feed Regulatory Renewal project; however, any final regulations must reduce the compliance burden for feed and feed ingredient suppliers exporting to Canada and support fair and competitive trade in the market, as it is our joint obligation as signatories to NAFTA."

"AFIA believes it is important to institute a system that allows Canadians the accessibility to new and innovative feed and feed ingredients while encouraging the growth in trade between the countries. Without access to the American market, Canadians will lack the vital ability to develop and sustain their livestock and poultry industry," said Tumbarello.

AFIA would like the submitted comments to assist CFIA in the continual development of providing U.S. suppliers incentive and access to the Canadian market based on science, risk identification and mitigation, and that supports fair and competitive trade in the market.

CFIA plans to have further consultations on the two proposals in early 2014.

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