The Canadian sheep and goat industries have been given the opportunity to submit comments on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s proposed import protocol (relating to the importation of sheep and goats). Please see the proposed protocol below.
The deadline for comments is July 31, 2009. Please feel free to send comments directly to the CFIA or to Scrapie Canada. If you are sending comments to Scrapie Canada, please do so by July 20, 2009.
If you have any questions about the proposed import protocol, or how to send in comments, please contact the National Scrapie Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-534-1302.
Since the lifting of the prohibition on the import of small ruminants from the U.S., both the importing and exporting flocks have been required to be enrolled in their respective country’s scrapie flock certification program. As previously indicated, these requirements are changing in 2009.
The requirement that the exporting premises in the U.S. be of an equivalent or higher status than the importing premises in Canada remains in place. The proposed modifications include the following:
In addition, an alternate protocol is being proposed for the importation of intact female small ruminants in groups that are being imported and maintained in Canada with an expectation that no deaths will occur in the group for many years (e.g. small groups of rare breeds; animals for ongoing fibre production) and aged animals are not routinely sent to slaughter. This new protocol proposes that intact female sheep or goats may be imported to a premises in Canada that is not on the scrapie flock certification program if the females to be imported (or the dams of females less than 12 months of age) are subject to the recto-anal mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (RAMALT) biopsy test prior to importation and prior to any movement off the importing premises. Annual inventories and surveillance of any on-farm mortalities will be required for a period of five years or until RAMALT biopsies have been repeated 24–30 months after importation of the intact females. The availability of this protocol is subject to operation feasibility at the local CFIA district office.