News update:Jan 18, 2010

Saskatchewan to dump poultry licensing rules

The agriculture ministry of Saskatchewan in Canada has plans afoot to repeal the provincial regulations requiring licensing in the hatchery and poultry industries.

In a “red tape reduction update” report issued Wednesday by Enterprise Saskatchewan, the province said the ag ministry is “currently working toward” repealing the Saskatchewan Hatchery Regulations and Saskatchewan Poultry Regulations.

According to the report, the two sets of regulations “almost completely duplicate existing Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations.”  Once the provincial regulations are pulled, “the poultry industry will no longer be required to apply annually for licenses as they are required to today,” the report said.
Enterprise Saskatchewan, a provincial economic development agency, oversees the provincial government’s Regulatory Modernization Council, made up of “private sector stakeholders” who make recommendations for “enhancing the regulatory environment.”
Among other changes in recent months, the province was able to repeal its Public Eating Establishment Regulations, Bakeshop Regulations (1986) and food safety provisions of its Sanitation Regulations after introducing new Food Safety Regulations in 2009, covering both restaurants and food processing facilities.
The new regulatory package had updated the province’s food safety requirements “to bring them in line with current scientific research related to food safety.”
“Reducing the burden imposed by regulations will help grow our economy and give Saskatchewan businesses the ability to focus on growing their businesses,” provincial Enterprise Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said last Wednesday.

Source: Grainews

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