November 7, 2008
November 7, 2008 - New importation requirements may go into effect for breeding sheep moving from the United States to Canada. This was the announcement made by Maria Koller-Jones, DVM, senior staff veterinarian for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, during the U.S. Animal Health Association meeting held in Greensboro, N.C., last week.
Currently, Canada requires that the U.S. flock of origin must be enrolled in either the export certified pathway or the complete monitored pathway of the U.S. scrapie flock certification program.
Canada intends to amend its import conditions to require that the flock of origin must have been enrolled in the U.S. scrapie flock certification program for a specified period of time, and that the flock has been in compliance with the requirements of the export pathway or the complete monitored pathway plus testing of all on-farm deads, for a specified period of time.
It is expected that these new conditions for the importation of female breeding sheep and goats from the United States into Canada will become effect in the fall of 2009.