Thank you, Chair.
I'm Colleen Barnes, the executive director of domestic policy at CFIA.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with members of the committee today. I am here to describe the proposed changes to the Health of Animals Act.
Before I begin, I want to be clear that these changes will have no impact on food safety in Canada and our continued strong food safety system.
In general the proposed changes to the act would allow the minister to declare primary and secondary control zones in order to manage animal disease outbreaks, foreign and domestic, in Canada.
The objective of this is to provide for additional mechanisms to address animal diseases. For the most serious diseases, eradication is and will continue to be our initial response. Often they can include the quarantine of farms and other premises, and in many areas we are successful in eradication. However, in some instances a disease can become so well established that eradication measures are no longer possible and quarantine is no longer effective.
The approach we are proposing in these amendments will provide us with new measures to respond to these types of situations.
Mr. Chair, I can go clause by clause, or pause here and take questions from members.