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Traceability

The ability to trace cattle to their farm origins is critical to ensuring food safety and public confidence in beef products. While Canada has an animal identification system, a broader, farm-to-retail system has been proposed.

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Assessing Traceability
Traceability Programs

Assessing Traceability

On-Farm Traceability in the Canadian Agri-Food Sector: A Guide for Farmers and Legal Representatives
Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment, University of Saskatchewan
This paper addresses producers' concerns with traceability, including liability and the cost of traceability programs. (PDF)

Enhancing the Canadian Beef Industry Value-Chain
Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
This paper offers recommendations for boosting the Canadian Beef industry in the wake of BSE. One key recommendation is the aligning of each link of the vertical market chain -- from seed-stock and cow-calf producers to feedlots and processors. (PDF)

Consumer Risk Perceptions and Attitudes about Beef Food Safety: Implications for Improving Supply Chain Management
Ted Schroeder, Glynn Tonsor, James Mintert, and Joost Pennings; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
An examination of consumer perceptions about Canadian beef food safety. The paper proposes improvements to the supply chain in order to boost demand for Canadian beef. (PDF)

Assessing Traceability and Process Verification Systems
Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan; Funded by the National Beef Industry Development Fund managed by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association
The feasibility and implications of extending the cattle identification system to a system that traces cattle from farm to fork. (PDF)

Exploring the Next Generation of Traceability
Meristem Land and Science, February, 2007
An assessment of traceability systems for Canada's beef industry. (PDF)

Traceability Programs

Ontario Traceability Grant Program and Pilot Project: Q&A
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Answers to questions about Canada's Traceability Grant Program and Traceability Pilot Project. (Feb. 27, 2007) .The Ontario government website provides further information about the program, including application forms.

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