April 27, 2006 -
The following is a summary of
Can-Trace news highlights over the past month:
Consultations on National Traceability System
Canadian Food Traceability Data Standard, Version 2.0 Enhancements
Following a meeting on March 20, 2006 with federal, provincial and
territorial Ministers of Agriculture, it was announced that consultations will
begin with interested stakeholders on a national traceability system, beginning
with livestock. A joint federal-provincial government task force has been
established to conduct these consultations, and Can-Trace will be providing
input to Ministers before the end of May.
The second version of the Can-Trace data standard, which
was approved by the Steering Committee in early March, contains some new
mandatory data elements (all of which were previously considered optional), and
is more generic in some of the descriptions and definitions. The changes were
largely a result of conclusions from a study of several on-and-off farm food
safety and quality programs. The modifications to version 1.0 of the Standard
are intended to make it more amenable for organizations closer to the
producer-end of the supply chain.
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