Sponsors: NCLGA Executive
WHEREAS consumers are increasingly interested in sourcing locally and ethically produced meat products;
AND WHEREAS current slaughter and meat processing regulations create a barrier for smaller farming operations to fulfill this consumer demand:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the provincial government to review meat processing regulations in order to facilitate expansion of safe, local, slaughter and meat processing
UBCM Comments: The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has not endorsed a resolution calling for the Province to review existing meat regulations to facilitate the expansion of safe, local, slaughter and meat processing. However, the membership has called on the Province to enact several measures to support the agricultural community, farm gate sales, and local food security.
The membership endorsed Resolution B38-2013, which called for BC to reinstate farm gate sales of meat, as well as Resolution B39-2016 that sought changes to licensing requirements for abattoirs for local livestock producers. Similarly, Resolution B39-2010 called for the Meat Inspection Regulations to support local and mobile small-scale abattoir facilities that would allow local meat sales.