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The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency

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About the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) was formed in 1998 as a national organization dedicated to the implementation of technologies and services supporting Canada's Cattle Identification System. The agency is led by a board of directors made up of representatives from all sectors of the Canadian industry, including cow/calf operations, feedlots, auction markets, processing plants and veterinarians. The regulations which support the function of the CCIA are part of Canadian law under the Federal Health of Animals Act and Regulation. Cattle identification programs are enforced under the authority of the federal government by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Due to strong industry and government support for its activities, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency has become a global leader in animal identification.

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A Strong Commitment

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has issued over 45 million tags since its creation, which reflects the strong commitment of the beef industry to animal identification and traceability. Inspections of more than 9,000 cattle/bison sites by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in 2006 indicate that close to 100% compliance has been achieved by Canadian cattle producers. Canada's mandatory National Cattle Identification System is the first of its type in North America.

The CCIA and the Canadian beef industry continue to enhance the National Cattle Identification System through an increasing capability to record information required by on-farm food safety programs and a national approach to Premises Identification within Canada's traceability system. Information related to the geographic location of an animal will further enhance the ability of the ID system to contain and eradicate animal disease.

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