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Statement from Minister MacAulay on progress in the bovine TB investigation

February 12, 2018, Ottawa: Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food made the following statement on the status of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) bovine tuberculosis investigation in Western Canada.

"I am pleased that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has now removed all quarantines from farms with cattle in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and that no additional cases of bovine tuberculosis have been detected.

While the investigation will not be officially closed until final laboratory culture results are received later this spring, this is a positive step forward for Canada's cattle industry.

The federal government's payment of $39 million in compensation to producers for animals ordered destroyed and related tax relief measures has reduced the financial impact for producers affected by the CFIA's disease response. Additionally, a Canada-Alberta program allocated up to $16.7 million for assistance for extraordinary quarantine costs.

The cooperation of individual producers and their industry associations played a key role in the progress of the investigation and this has allowed Canada to retain its bovine TB free status with no disruption in access to international markets.

I look forward to continuing to work with Canadian cattle producers on market access and trade growth."

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Guy Gallant
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
613-773-1059

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600
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