Turkeys, like any other living creatures, can sometimes become sick. Medication, approved by Health Canada, is given when necessary to prevent and treat infections, and is administered under the supervision of a veterinarian. If medication is used to care for sick birds, a withdrawal period is required before any bird can leave the farm.
The farmer is responsible for keeping records of medication used from the first day, until the last day of use. The farmer must also sign a record stating that the correct withdrawal time as taken place and repot this to the processor prior to marketing the birds.
Through poultry inspection programs, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors and tests meat products for a wide variety of contaminants to help ensure that consumers receive a safe, wholesome product.
There are NO hormones or steroids used in Canadian Turkey Farming. Hormones and steroids have been prohibited for over 30 years in Canada. It is because of scientific advancements such as selective breeding, enhanced feed formulation and modern management practices that we see larger, healthier turkeys produced today.
Turkeys are not genetically modified. Selective breeding practices are exercised to maintain the highest standards of brids.
Organic food is produced according to a set of agriculture production practices which were developed by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) in consultation with the organic industry. There are a number of different certification bodies who can certify that organic farmers meet these standards and comply with the required production practices.
As of June 2009, new regulations came into effect requiring mandatory certification for any agriculture products represented as an organic product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for enforcing the Regulations.