New Grain Testing Program Available – August 4, 2017

New Grain Testing Program Available

August 4, 2017

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform local farmers of an alternative service delivery program from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for grain testing.

The REGAL (Recognition of Export Grain Analysis by Authorized Laboratories) program will provide exporters the option of having their grain shipments to certain countries tested for phytosanitary purposes by authorized private laboratories.

The new program will initially be focused primarily on grain exports to India and China because these countries represent the highest export volumes from Canada. Strong oversight mechanisms will provide assurance to importing countries that Canada remains committed to the highest standards for grain exports.

The CFIA will remain solely responsible for issuing phytosanitary certificates for export shipments of grain.

“Canadian grain is in demand and trusted around the world. This new testing program will provide farmers with more options to ensure the integrity, health and safety of our food system,” conclude MP Eglinski.

For more information, visit: http://inspection.gc.ca/plants/grains-and-field-crops/exports/notice-to-industry-2017-08-03/eng/1501600699030/1501601099891.

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