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July 30, 2020 - Reuters

Canadian province of Alberta loosens animal slaughter rules after pandemic hit packers

Canadian province of Alberta loosens animal slaughter rules after pandemic hit packers
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Canada’s main cattle-producing province, Alberta, said on Wednesday it would allow the slaughter of animals on farms for meat sales to consumers, loosening regulations after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted production at its biggest packing plants.

Alberta previously restricted the consumption of meat from animals slaughtered outside of government-inspected plants to farmers and their households. Some farmers and mobile butchers, who travel from farm to farm, wanted the provincial government to ease the regulations to be more in line with those in other western Canadian provinces.

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