July 5th, 2012
The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada. It has been in publication since 1841 and is used as a tool to bring awareness of laws and regulations to Canadians.
It's law that certain information must be published in the Canada Gazette by both government and certain members of society at large. This information includes formal public notices, official appointments, proposed regulations and public Acts of Parliament from government departments and agencies as well as miscellaneous public notices.
Part I of theCanada Gazette allows Canadians the opportunity to provide comments on proposed regulations before they're published in the Canada Gazette and are then law. Citizens should go to www.gazette.gc.ca and look under Part I: Notices and Proposed Regulations for a list of all proposed regulations. For each proposed regulation there is a contact name, contact information and a closing date for comments. Anyone can comment on the proposed regulation as well as request background information.
CPC and its provincial members have worked with the CFIA over many years in developign a regulatory framework for swine traceability. This process is nearing the point where the proposed regulation, mandating swine traceability, is expected to be published in Part I of the Canada Gazette.
When this occurs, it will be important for the Canadian pork industry to be aware of the regulatory process and what this means to them. It will also provide the opportunity for individuals to comment on the proposed regulation.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE HEALTH OF ANIMALS ACT WITH RESPECT TO SWINE TRACEABILITY HAVE NOT YET BEEN PUBLISHED. PIGTRACE CANADA, THE CPC AND YOUR PROVINCIAL PORK ORGANIZATION WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF ANY SUCH PUBLICATION AND WIL LHAVE ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION SHOULD YOU WISH TO LEARN MORE.