CRSB Chain of Custody


What is sustainable beef?

A socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound product that prioritizes the Planet, People, Animals and Progress.” – CRSB

From October 2023, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) will be the only provider of Chain of Custody (COC) verification for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s (CRSB) Certified Sustainable Beef Framework (CSBF) across Canada but excluding Quebec.

Certified operations working to the CRSB guidelines will be able to manage their commitments to the program through the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) database, and as such will be supported by the CCIA as and when they need assistance.

The agreement between the CCIA and the CRSB provides a single source of verification to Canada’s sustainable beef program, and greatly simplifies the process, making it clearer and easier to navigate for certified operations.

Active Certified Operations will now be able to see the “CRSB Certified” status of an animal’s indicator as those indicators/cattle move through the supply chain via CLTS search.

The CCIA is incredibly proud to have been chosen to work with the CRSB in maintaining the integrity of its sustainability program, and the agreement further underlines the CCIA’s commitment to delivering world-class value-added services to industry.

Full details on how to become a CRSB certified operation and the criteria for fulfilling the CRSB’s guidelines are available directly from the CRSB – please see the links below.

The agreement between the CCIA and the CRSB does not affect the CCIA’s existing COC initiative with Cargill. That program will continue to run independently and in parallel with the CRSB agreement but will still only benefit certified operations whose cattle are processed by Cargill.


Certification Bodies

Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+):
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Ontario Corn Fed Beef Quality Assurance Program (OCFB):
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Where Food Comes From Canada (WFCF):
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More Information

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef:

CLTS Resource Centre:
CRSB Certification Status Search

CCIA Client Support:
Call toll-free 1-877-909-2333 or email

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