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Specified Risk Material - Requirements for Transporting Cattle Carcasses

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On July 12, 2007, enhanced animal health safeguards came into effect to help eliminate bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, from Canada. Certain cattle tissues capable of transmitting BSE, known specified risk material (SRM), are banned from all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. There are also requirements for anyone transporting cattle carcasses or remains.

What are SRM?

SRM are defined as:

Note: Permit Requirements

A permit is required to transport:

Application for permit

Identifying SRM

All transported SRM must be identified as follows:

Transporting SRM - Commercial Transporters

A permit from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is required for all trucks or trailers used to transport SRM in any form, including deadstock. A copy of the permit must accompany all shipments of SRM.

Trucks or trailers that carry SRM as well as other products must be cleaned and disinfected between loads. SRM-dedicated trucks or trailers do not require special clean out procedures between loads. Dedicated trucks and trailers must be clearly marked on the outside with "SRM."

Transporting SRM - Non-commercial Transporters

A CFIA permit is required to transport SRM in any form. Permits must accompany all shipments of SRM.

Edible beef carcasses sent for cut and wrap, individual deadstock or small quantities of offal should be wrapped in a dedicated tarp or heavy plastic container visibly marked with the CFIA permit number. Vehicles transporting SRM that is not wrapped or otherwise segregated must be cleaned and disinfected after use.

Records of all SRM and deadstock movement must be kept for 10 years. This information must identify:

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