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Lakeside Preparing For July 12 SRM Ban

02 May 2007

CANADA - Lakeside Packers is planning to construct an addition to their existing kill floor to bring the plant in line with nation wide feed ban conditions that will take effect July 12.

The county's municipal planning commission on Tuesday gave approval to a development permit to construct a 2,790 sq. ft. addition to the packing plant.

Lakeside president Jeff Rosgen said the addition is simply to meet federal regulations and will be used to congregate their raw handling material containing SRMs.

"The government is putting an enhanced feed ban in place, so by July 12 we have to have all of the SRM removed out of the feed meal," he said.

Both the provincial and federal governments announced in March they were investing $40 million to help accelerate the cattle industry's compliance to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's feed ban. Canada's current feed ban, implemented in 1997, limits the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The enhanced feed ban is intended to further protect animal health and will accelerate Canada's progress toward eradicating BSE from the national herd.

Specified risk materials (SRM) are tissues that, in BSE-infected cattle, have been shown to contain the infective agent and transmit the disease. The following tissues are defined in Canadian regulation as SRM: skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia, eyes, tonsils, spinal cord, and dorsal root ganglia of cattle aged 30 months or older, and the distal ileum (part of the small intestine) of cattle of all ages.

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Source: BrooksBulletin


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