May 31, 2021

Canada now recognised for negligible risk for BSE


Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced on May 27 that the country has been officially recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) World Assembly of Delegates as a country with negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).


By obtaining this recognition, Canada has achieved the most preferred status under the OIE's three tiered categorisation system for evaluating BSE risk.


Bibeau will be participating in calls with producers from across Canada to emphasise that the country has a strong, safe and respected beef production and processing system and a robust animal disease control system, which contribute to the national economy.


By achieving and maintaining negligible risk status for BSE, Canada enhances its negotiation position in efforts to gain access to additional export markets for Canadian cattle, beef and beef products among countries that require products to originate from countries with negligible BSE risk status.


A large number of Canada's major export markets have already approved all Canadian beef based on Canada's previous controlled risk status.


Canada will continue its work with the domestic industry to prioritise outreach to trading partners requiring negligible BSE risk status among other requirements. It will also inform them of Canada's BSE negligible risk status and will undertake immediate work to support expanded global market access for the country's high-quality cattle, beef and beef products.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which has worked closely with provinces and the beef industry to put forward a strong application to OIE, will continue to work with the cattle and beef sectors, provinces and territories to maintain the negligible risk status through continued efforts in preventing and controlling the spread of domestic and foreign animal diseases.


- Government of Canada