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CFIA position on the domestic use of composted Specific Risk Material (SRM)

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Due to concerns about the lack of disposal opportunities for SRM (specified risk materials), the cattle industry is proposing that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) allow domestic use (residential homes and gardens) of composted SRM.


The enhanced feed ban regulations prohibit the use of SRM in fertilizers or fertilizer supplements unless in accordance with a permit issued by the CFIA under the authority of the Health of Animals Regulations. To obtain a permit, each proposed use is evaluated on a case by case basis. Currently, the CFIA would not consider issuing a permit for the domestic use of composted SRM for the following reasons.

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