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CFO joins Ontario Agriculture Sector for Roundtable with MP Kody Blois

GRIMSBY, ON – August 18, 2022 – Murray Opsteen, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) participated in a roundtable discussion with MP Kody Blois and leaders from Ontario’s agriculture community to advance priorities important to Ontario farmers.
The roundtable was an excellent opportunity to discuss issues facing Ontario chicken farmers, including the impacts of recent trade agreements on market access and the importance of implementing mitigation measures to address the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
“Thank you to MP Kody Blois, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee of Agriculture and Agri-Food, for hosting this roundtable discussion and facilitating further collaboration between agriculture stakeholders and the Government of Canada,” said Murray Opsteen, Chair of CFO. “We know that Canadians want chicken Raised by a Canadian Farmer, and we appreciate the productive conversation about ensuring that no further market access is conceded in any future trade agreements.”
The roundtable also addressed risk management and disease. All Canadian chicken farmers follow the stringent Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care and On-Farm Food Safety programs and are proactively working to reduce the risk of spread of Avian Influenza.
“Canadian chicken farmers always work hard to follow biosecurity, animal care, and food safety measures. We have consumers’ trust for good reason, and continue to deliver the high-quality chicken they expect,” said Opsteen. “Poultry diseases, such as Avian Influenza, pose a significant threat to our animals, our livelihoods, and the national food supply chain.”
CFO, along with Ontario’s featherboards and poultry industry stakeholders, are working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) through the Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) to prepare, respond, and mitigate the potential impacts of Avian Influenza in the province.
Chicken farming in Canada operates under supply management, a uniquely Canadian system that that allows Canada’s dairy, poultry, and egg farmers to produce what the Canadian market demands. Thanks to the stability of supply management, farmers can support our vibrant communities, and sustain jobs in the processing, further processing, veterinarian, transportation, and food retail sectors—and beyond!
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