Despite an extensive ear tagging system in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found weaknesses in the system during the bovine tuberculosis investigation in Alberta last year because ownership and movement of cattle were hard to determine.  |  File photo

Livestock traceability changes delayed

A strong, vigorous system remains the goal for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide assurance to consumers

LONDON, Ont. — Anticipated regulatory changes to Canada’s livestock traceability system have been delayed until next year. “The earliest we will be advancing these will be in the spring of next year so we can work out any issues that remain,” said Colleen Barnes, associate vice-president of policy and programs branch at the Canadian Food […] Read more

Elysia Vandenhurk of Three Farmers Foods displays the traceability labelling on their camelina oil.  |  William DeKay photo

The story behind the product

It’s difficult to sum up a personal belief or a business philosophy in a single sentence. But Three Farmers, a Saskatchewan company that produces culinary camelina oil and chickpea snacks, pulled off the trick on its website. “As in life, every experience is enhanced when there is a story and truth behind it; why would […] Read more

Traceability has been embraced in Canada’s dairy industry and most other livestock sectors but the United States continues to debate a workable system.  |  Barb Glen photo

U.S. struggles with traceability

DENVER, Colo. — Implementing livestock traceability in the United States has been like a long engagement in which the bride fears she may never make it to the altar. “We have been working on this topic for 14 or maybe even 20 years and it seems the same 14 points that we have settled on […] Read more


The United States currently requires identification for animals older than 18 months but there are no rules for feedlots.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

U.S. producers prefer simple traceability solutions

The American cattle industry recognizes the public benefits but worries about added costs to businesses

DENVER, Colo. —The technology behind livestock traceability systems can be mind boggling, yet in the real world, most producers and supporting industries need a simple approach. “As an auction owner-manager I would like to stay in the 1880s,” said Ken Perlich at the National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual meeting held in Denver from April […] Read more

Canada’s system of RFID tags and an independent agency to handle traceability may be a model for the U.S., according to some American livestock groups.  |  Barb Mitchell photo

U.S. lags other major exporters on traceability

DENVER, Colo. — When it comes to livestock traceability, the United States is an outlier among its competitors in the world beef market. Among the world’s top 10 beef exporters, only the U.S. and India lack a solid traceability system. Exporting nations like Canada, Mexico and Australia require individual identification from the farm of origin, […] Read more


Source of TB in Alta. herd may remain unknown

The source of bovine tuberculosis found in six Alberta cattle last year may never be found. It’s a perplexing aspect to a situation that affected many ranchers in Alberta’s southeastern region near Jenner and Saskatchewan ranchers along the nearby provincial border. Approximately 11,500 animals have been killed to ensure eradication of the disease, and another […] Read more

TraceCanada was formed to combine data from the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, PigTraceCanada and ATQ in Quebec to  improve national livestock traceability.  |  File photo

Livestock traceability systems in place but future uncertain

Nearly a year after the federal government quietly axed funding for developing a central database to support new livestock traceability regulations, the project’s main supplier has still not been paid and its former chair says he doesn’t know where the government plans to redirect the money. Marie-Christine Talbot, president of Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ), the non-profit […] Read more

A round steak purchased from Real Canadian Superstore also comes with DNA trace-back. 
|  Barbara Duckworth photo

Loblaws answers consumer hunger for meat traceability

Knowing the name and address of the steer that provided that AAA steak on your barbecue could be just a scan away. Loblaws has introduced DNA information on some of its beef products to provide the ultimate in traceability. “We wanted to use the power of DNA technology to allow Loblaws to connect to the […] Read more