October 21, 2019


Canada's pork producers to receive update on feed regulations during November symposium


Canadian pork producers will know the planned update of the country's feed regulation during an upcoming symposium in mid-November.


Covering both farm and commercial productions in the Canadian feed sector, the regulations date back to 1983 and is overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), said Melissa Dumont, executive director of the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada.


This summer, a CFIA letter of intent stated that the agency will be publishing "new regulations in Gazette Part 1 in winter of 2020," Dumont added. "The first publication will still be a consultation but it'll be the first time that we actually see the completed regulations."


"With that publication will also come some implementation time lines," she said. She explained that various aspects of the updated regulations will be implemented "in different time lines based on the complexity, the benefits to industry and government and as well how long it will take the industry and producers to be ready for those changes."


Speaking to Farmscape, Dumont commented: "The way that we feed animals, the way that we manufacture feed and the challenges that we have as an industry have changed dramatically since that time."


According to Dumont, updated regulations will keep producers aware of "new science, new developments and ensuring that we have a competitive environment here in Canada in that we are able to access the same ingredients, manufacture the same kinds of feeds that swine producers have access to in other parts of the world, especially those that we are competing with on the global market."


She also said that feed producers are "well prepared" for the updated regulations due to their support for modernisation. Dumont expects the changes to happen gradually from 2021 to 2023.


Pork producers will know the updates during the Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium on November 12-13.