LONGUEUIL, QC, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Agri-Traçabilité International
(ATI), a branch of Agri-Traçabilité Québec, proudly announces that an
agreement was reached with the government of the Republic of Chile
concerning the diagnosis of the Chilean traceability system in the
bovine and ovine sectors. On mission in Chile, the organization
proceeded this week with the official signature of this agreement at
government headquarters, in Santiago.
Agri-Traçabilité International was selected by the Chilean government
for their expertise in food traceability. It is a first incursion
abroad for this Québec organization, after years of effort.
"Thanks to the government of Quebec vision, who introduced regulations
by livestock production as well as joint action and mobilization of all
industry stakeholders, we succeeded in positioning ourselves as a
worldwide leader in animal traceability ", explained Daniel
Marcheterre, ATQ Director General, who described the agreement
concluded with the Chilean government as historic.
Over recent years, the worldwide industry of livestock production was
shaken by crisis. And the issues are serious for countries exporting
There are similarities between the Chilean and Quebec agri-food
industries, in particular regarding the regulations established there,
which are based on livestock productions. They face many challenges
concerning food safety and security, and the most significant is the
requirement to conform to traceability standards required by certain
countries for importing products. The current Chilean traceability
system does not completely meet the criteria, which explains their
request for ATQ expertise.
Mission in Chile
The Quebec delegation is made up of a multidisciplinary team comprising
of representatives from ATI and the business partners Référence
Systèmes and Epsilia.. These companies are considered as being experts
in their business sector.
From April 23 to May 4, 2011, the members of this delegation will carry
out interviews with Chilean authorities, producers and private
businesses. Their mission will include visiting production and
transportation facilities, cattle auctions and slaughterhouses.
Finally, the group will take the opportunity to understand the Chilean
regulations and all other aspects of the animal sector, such as
information management systems and technology. This mission is
consistent, over the medium and long term, with the objective of
improving the Chilean traceability system.
About Agri-Traçabilité Québec
Agri-Traçabilité Québec is a stand-alone non-profit organization created
in September 2001. ATQ is responsible for the development and
implementation of a permanent identification and traceability system
for Quebec agricultural products, both animal and vegetal. Its board of
directors is made up of representatives from the Union des producteurs
agricoles (UPA), the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de
l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and from La Financière agricole of
Quebec (FADQ). Animal traceability from the farm to the slaughterhouse
has been implemented since 2002 in the dairy and beef sectors, since
2004 in the sheep (lamb and sheep) sector, and since 2009 in the large
cervid (wapitis and red deer) sector. Created in 2006, Agri-Traçabilité
International offers the expertise and the technological solutions
developed by Agri-Traçabilité Québec.
SOURCE AGRI-TRACABILITE QUEBEC INC.
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