Canadians close “over-30-month” probe

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Sep 5, 2005
by WLJ

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last week said it has concluded its investigation into the over-30-month bovine animal that entered the U.S. and was processed as if it was an under-30-month animal.
The agency announced it has suspended the accreditation of the veterinarian who inspected the suspect animal and that it will suspend issuing any more export certificates to the exporter that shipped the animal. Names of the veterinarian and the exporter were not released.
Accredited private-sector veterinarians who act on behalf of the CFIA in this program and exporters are being reminded that there will be zero tolerance by the CFIA for any non-compliance with U.S. import requirements.
“We are exploring ways to minimize incidents of non-compliance in the future, including enhancing the tools that we use to monitor the performance of accredited veterinarians in fulfilling their important roles,” a CFIA statement said.
The inadvertent entry and slaughter of the suspect animal has not resulted in any interruption of Canadian cattle coming into the U.S., and USDA officials said they are still looking into inspection protocol on their side of the border to ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen again in the future.
Through the week ending Aug. 20, the U.S. has seen 66,109 total head of Canadian cattle 30 months and younger cross its border, including 34,022 feeder cattle going to certified feedlots and 32,075 head of animals going directly to U.S. processing facilities. The U.S. started allowing Canadian cattle to cross the border July 18. — Steven D. Vetter, WLJ Editor

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