Livestock traceability systems in place but future uncertain

TraceCanada was formed to combine data from the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, PigTraceCanada and ATQ in Quebec to improve national livestock traceability. | File photo

By Mary Baxter, The Western Producer, April 27, 2017 

Nearly a year after the federal government quietly axed funding for developing a central database to support new livestock traceability regulations, the project’s main supplier has still not been paid and its former chair says he doesn’t know where the government plans to redirect the money.

Marie-Christine Talbot, president of Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ), the non-profit organization that had been chosen to develop the TraceCanada database, said ATQ is owed more than $1 million for work it did on the system.

“It’s a lot for us.”

Terry Kremeniuk, TraceCanada’s former chair, said he expected the money the government clawed back would stay within the traceability file but did not know for sure.

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