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WHEREAS the Government of Canada has the authority to regulate federally inspected slaughter facilities;AND WHEREAS the Food of Animal Origin Division of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has instituted a new policy in regards to the registration of mobile slaughter facilities;AND WHEREAS the new policy is already incorporated into the newly revised chapter 2 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures;AND WHEREAS the amended policy will no longer allow mobile slaughter facilities that are not permanently attached or placed on a foundation to be registered;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties request that the federal government change their policy regarding the registration of mobile facilities so that mobile slaughter facilities will be considered for federal registration.
County ratepayers informed County Council that the federal government changed their policy concerning the registration of mobile slaughter facilities on March 1, 2005. The change makes it no longer possible for a mobile slaughter or abattoir facility to become federally registered. Mobile slaughter facilities are under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. The Province may register these facilities so that a producer can market their livestock in the province of Alberta. This is fine as long as there is sufficient market capacity to accommodate all of this product. Realistically the Alberta market is saturated and other markets need to be available for our producers. This can only happen if the plant is federally inspected and registered.