Tag Archives: CFIA

CHDC’s Year-End Roundup of Equine News and Newsmakers for 2017

The 2017 Year End Review is a small representative of significant events taking place last year. It has been compiled to remind people what happened last year – some events, as the EU new regulations beginning in March were profound and continue to resonate through the horse slaughter industry.  Other events are equally interesting, perhaps […]

CHDC Releases Freedom of Information Documents on Rejected Slaughter Loads and Kurtenbach Livestock LLC

The following documents are for rejected loads of horses designated for slaughter from the U.S. for a specific time period, June 8-20, 2015.  Three of the rejected loads were enroute to the Bouvry (Bouvry Exports) slaughter plant in Alberta, one enroute to the Bouvry plant in Quebec (Viande Richelieu) and the fifth to Les Viandes […]

Equine Infectious Anemia Case In Lacombe, Alberta

On October 19, 2017,  a positive Equine Infectious Anemia result was confirmed by the CFIA in a horse located in  Lacombe county, Alberta.  The horse was tested as a compliance measure for horses being exported.  As a result,  the horse in question has been quarantined as have the on-premise contacts, and after the inspection has […]

Agricultural Tribunal Overrules CFIA Sanction Against Horse Trucker On Appeal

Agricultural journalist Jim Romahn reported on a recent Canada Agricultural Tribunal decision that overturned a CFIA sanction against an American trucker shipping horses to Canada for slaughter.  One horse in this load was determined by a CFIA veterinarian to be unsuitable for transport,  due to lameness.  Subsequently,  the entire load of horses was rejected for import into […]

CHDC Releases Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem Inspection ATI Documents for Bouvry Exports Ltd.

The following Ante Mortem and Post Mortem Inspection Reports were submitted by establishment #506 Bouvry Exports Ltd., Fort Macleod, Alberta to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the period of January 1- March 30, 2016.  These documents were obtained through an Access-to-Information Request, received on November 16, 2016. Information requested: Number of horses slaughtered Number […]

KML Meat Processors Shut Down Yet Again; Company Removed From CFIA List of Licensed Slaughterhouses

On July 18th the CFIA announced that they had suspended KML Meat Processors,  “due to the company’s inability to design, implement and maintain acceptable written prerequisite programs and hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) system, as required by the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations, 1990.”  The CFIA goes on to assure readers that “there […]

Retired CFIA Veterinarian Addresses Shortcomings In Canadian Animal Transport Regulations

Dr. Maureen Harper is a veterinarian who worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for 30 years. Prior to retirement in 2011, Dr. Harper was acting program officer responsible for the delivery of the animal transport program in Ontario.  The following article, Legalized cruelty: the gaps in Canada’s animal transport laws, was written by […]

Spate Of Horsemeat Recalls For First Quarter 2017 – Veterinary Drugs and Traceability Still Issues in Canada And Abroad

Coming on the heels of an announcement that Les Viandes de la Petite Nation slaughter plant in Saint-André-Avellin PQ has temporarily closed due to the non-availability of horses to slaughter, the CHDC has recently been following several recalls of horsemeat/carcasses in several countries.  The recalls have been issued for horse products from Canada, Denmark, and […]

LPN Slaughter plant temporary closure

The newspaper La Petite Nation announced the temporary closing of Les Viandes de la Petite Nation (LPN) slaughter plant in Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec.  The slaughterhouse was at the centre of the 2011 Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s investigation entitled ‘Pasture to Plate‘ that showed horrific abuse during the stunning process, the predatory nature of the slaughter industry from auction […]

Animal Transport Regs. Study Closed Without Input From Stakeholders – Former CFIA Veterinarian Asks Why

The public comment period for input into proposed amendments to animal transport regulations has now been closed without input from all stakeholders. Retired CFIA veterinarian of 30 years, Dr. Maureen Harper, tried to get in front of the Ag. Committee to testify but submissions had been abruptly closed off. Please read Dr. Harper’s letters regarding the […]