Abattoirs and Packers
Overview of Requirements for Cattle, Bison and Sheep at Terminal Sites – Abattoirs and Packers:
Livestock Identification and Traceability Program
- Cattle, bison and sheep need to be identified with an approved tag when they arrive at your site, unless they have been imported for immediate slaughter.
- Abattoir operators must be able to identify the carcasses of livestock in the abattoir until a carcass is approved for human consumption or condemned.
- Abattoir operators must keep a record of the identification number of the approved and/or revoked tags on any animals that are slaughtered or die for any reason on site.
- Abattoir operators must keep a record of enough information to trace the origin of any cattle, bison or sheep carcasses not bearing an approved tag being received and disposed on site.
- Abattoir operators must ensure cattle, bison and sheep carcasses transported off site are identified with an approved tag, and to identify those carcasses with an approved tag if they do not already bear one, if they are transported off site.
- Abattoir operators must report the ID number of the approved and revoked tags borne by the cattle or bison that were slaughtered or died for any reason on site to the CLTS database within 30 days of the animal’s death or slaughter.
- Abattoir operators are not required to report the ID numbers of approved tags for sheep to the CLTS database.
- If an abattoir operator imports cattle, bison and sheep for immediate slaughter, the animals do not need to be identified with an approved tag.
- Abattoir operators, rendering plants, dead stock collection centres and post-mortem laboratories must keep all records related to cattle, bison and sheep for two years.
Dead Stock Collection Centres, Rendering Plants and Post-Mortem Laboratories
Overview of Requirements for Cattle, Bison and Sheep at Terminal Sites – Dead stock collection centres, rendering plants and post-mortem laboratories: Livestock Identification and Traceability Program
- Operators of dead stock collection centres, rendering plants and post-mortem laboratories for cattle, bison and sheep may remove approved or revoked tags from dead stock when disposing of it.
- Operators must report the ID number of the approved and revoked tags borne by the animal to the CLTS database within 30 days of disposing of the dead stock.
- The carcasses of bison, cattle and sheep transported from any site for off-site disposal must bear an approved tag before being loaded into the conveyance used for the transportation. In the event cattle, bison or sheep dead stock that do not bear an approved or revoked tag are received, the operator must collect, keep in records and report
- The site from which the dead stock was removed
- The date the dead stock was removed from that site and
- The name and address of the owner or person who had the possession, care or control of the dead stock when it was removed from that site.
- Operators of rendering plants, dead stock collection centres and post-mortem laboratories must keep all records related to cattle, bison and sheep for two years.
Learn more about the general requirements for livestock identification and traceability from Canadian Food Inspection Agency
View the list of Approved Animal Indicators
How to purchase approved animal indicators
Livestock traceability rebate programs available
Confirm or obtain a valid, premises identification (PID) number for your livestock site from a regional PID registry.
Proposed livestock traceability regulatory amendments indicate all livestock sites will need a valid PID number to record and report animal movement events in the near future. Learn more about how industry’s early adopters can prepare.
Learn how to submit reportable events using our full array of CLTS database user instructions, video tutorials and templates.
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