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Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from September 30, 2020 to November 15, 2020.

About the consultation

The purpose of this consultation was to seek feedback on the document Feed Regulatory Modernization – Pre Canada Gazette, Part I Publication Consultation, which provided an overview of the proposed changes to the Feeds Regulations and the potential economic impacts of these changes. This consultation document was accompanied by 10 fact sheets which provided greater clarification on some of the key proposed changes.

The last comprehensive review of the Feeds Regulations took place in 1983. The current Regulations focus on products (for example, registration, standards and labelling) with few or no requirements that apply to processes (for example, manufacturing standards and record keeping). Regulatory changes are needed to keep pace with changes in innovation, risk management, international standards, science and technology.

Amendments to the Feeds Regulations are required for the CFIA and regulated sectors to better manage risks that livestock feeds pose to animal health, human health and the environment. The proposed feed framework included hazard analysis, preventive controls, traceability, increased record-keeping requirements, and licensing. These changes would better align with international regulatory frameworks and best practices. It would enable the CFIA and regulated sectors to better understand and manage risks that livestock feeds pose to animal health, human health and the environment, and will support proactive practices for managing those risks.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The CFIA engaged with all animal feed stakeholders, including:

  • livestock feed manufacturers
  • feed ingredient manufacturers
  • feed retailers
  • livestock owners and producers
  • producer association groups
  • veterinary associations
  • other government agencies

All comments were welcome from industry, governments, the public, or other organizations or individuals with an interest in livestock feeds in Canada.

Key questions for discussion

The CFIA sought feedback on the proposed changes to the Feeds Regulations, which included:

  • gathering feedback on and confirming whether there was support from industry on the proposed regulatory framework for livestock feeds
  • validating potential economic impacts of the proposed regulatory changes, especially with respect to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • determining where additional guidance will be needed

Related information

Contact us

Animal Feed Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9