December 18, 2014

Update On Ractopamine In Feed

On Monday, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) issued an update to the horse racing industry on recent findings of ractopamine in equine feed.


This memo is further to our notice to industry on February 14, 2014 on the subject of ractopamine in feedstuffs wherein we reminded race horse owners and trainers that it remains their responsibility to obtain horse feed and supplements that are free from substances that may trigger a positive test.

Since we issued that memo, there have been 27 additional positive drug tests for ractopamine in all racing jurisdictions in Canada except the Atlantic provinces with the majority coming from Alberta and Ontario.

The CPMA has initiated discussions with horseperson’s groups across the country to discuss ways of reducing the risk of positive ractopamine drug tests.

One suggestion is that horseperson’s groups take a proactive approach to assisting their membership locate feed facilities that do not produce feed containing ractopamine and having their feed manufacturers sign a letter of guarantee stating that they do not use ractopamine in the manufacturing of feed, store ractopamine on their premises or transport any mixed feed containing ractopamine.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been working with the swine and poultry sectors to develop a program that supports export to markets that require the CFIA to certify that products, exported from Canada, originate from stock that has never been fed and/or exposed to ractopamine hydrochloride. These Ractopamine-Free Certification Programs describe two types of commercial feed mills; Type A and Type B.

Type A mills are those that manufacture, handle and/or distribute only feeds that do not contain ractopamine. Type B mills manufacture, handle and/or distribute feed containing ractopamine and feed that does not contain ractopamine. Type B mills are required to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for the prevention of ractopamine cross contamination for feed being manufactured under this program. When these new Programs are published on the CFIA web-site, a list of commercial feed mills enrolled in these Programs will also be available. This list may be used to identify the Type A facilities in your area.

According to the CFIA’s Medication Sequencing Guideline for Management of Drug Carryover, feeds for horses may not directly follow feeds containing ractopamine. Horse feeds that contain ractopamine above the limit of detection are non-compliant. However, the current level of detection is fairly high so in some cases when the horse feed conforms with this allowable limit, the feed may contain enough ractopamine to cause a positive result in the CPMA’s drug testing program.

The following links to the CFlA website provide owners and trainers with information regarding ractopamine and feedstuffs:

Annex E: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program

Annex I: Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program

Medication Sequencing Guideline for Management of Drug Carryover

Should you have any questions with respect to the contents of the memorandum, please contact the
CPMA at 1-800-268-8835, or email at cpmawebacpm@agr.gc.ca


To read this announcement in French, click the following link: Ractopamine Update

(CPMA)

CPMA Adds Telmisartan to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs

On August 27, 2014, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) released a Memorandum to the Canadian racing industry and to Provincial Regulatory bodies advising that this drug has been added to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs.

To view a copy of this CPMA Memorandum, click on the link below.

CPMA Memorandum – August 27, 2014

ORC reports on revision to Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction Allocations

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is pleased to announce the approval of the revised allocations of the Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction (PMTR) to support and encourage the horse racing industry in Ontario. This is in keeping with the ORC’s mandate to implement the components of
the 5-year Horse Racing Partnership Plan (HRPP), as approved by the Ontario government.

As a result of the approval by the Board of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) and the subsequent approval by the Board of the ORC, a new structure setting out the allocation of funds from the Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction will be implemented with the effective date retroactive to April 1, 2014.

By way of this Notice to Industry, ORC licensed racetracks will be required to direct funds as prescribed below.

Horse Improvement Program 3.0 %

Horse People 0.4 %
Customer Benefits 1.5 %
Racetracks 1.25 %
Regulatory Funding 0.75 %
Total PMTR 6.9 %

The ORC will work with affected industry stakeholders to account for amounts paid since April 1, 2014 pursuant to the prior allocation to ensure compliance with these revised rates.

(ORC)

CPMA – Compounded Medication

The compounding of drugs is an accepted veterinary practice and when properly prescribed, created and administered, they can be an appropriate and effective treatment for your horse.  Click here to read the CPMA release in its entirety.

 

CPMA: Drug Appearing in Feed

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) issued a memorandum to the horse racing industry late Friday warning of the drug ractopamine appearing in feedstuffs.

The English text from the memo appears below.

SUBJECT: Ractopamine in Feedstuffs

This memo is with respect to several recent positive drug tests that may have been the result of prohibited substances in feedstuffs. This is a reminder to owners and trainers that it remains their responsibility to obtain horse feed and supplements that are free from substances that may trigger a positive test.

One of these prohibited substances is ractopamine, which is used to promote weight gain and feed efficiency and is licenced in Canada for use in beef cattle, pigs and turkeys.

Following several positive tests in Ontario, the Ontario Racing Commission undertook an investigation that found ractopamine in batches of horse feed. Similar findings were heard from Alberta and Quebec. Upon receipt of this information, CPMA initiated discussions with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wherein it was determined that the CFIA has set allowable limits of ractopamine to be present in feed. However, even if horse feed passes these allowable limit tests, the feed may contain enough ractopamine to cause a positive result in the CPMA’s drug testing program.

CFlA also advised that it has a program for feed mills that minimizes the likelihood of ractopamine being found in feed for animals destined for international markets that do not allow any amounts of ractopamine in exported meat. The threat of an unintended positive test result to Canadian horsepeople may be minimized in several ways including but not limited to obtaining feed from manufacturers certifying that ractopamine is not used in feed produced at their facility.

It is suggested that owner and trainers make agreements with feed suppliers that their feed come from sources that minimize the risks of contamination. As mentioned at the outset of this memo, positive tests remain the owner’s/trainer’s responsibility.

Medicating ingredients permitted in Canadian feeds that may cause a positive test in the CPMA’s drug testing program include but are not necessarily limited to: ractopamine, zilpaterol, procaine penicillin and levamisole.

The following links to the CFlA website provide owners and trainers with information regarding ractopamine and feed stuffs.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/meat-and-poultry-products/manual-of-pro…

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/meat-and-poultry-products/manual-of-pro…

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/feeds/medicating-ingredients/mib/dru…

Should you have any questions with respect to the contents of the memorandum, please do not hesitate to contact Lydia Brooks, Manager, Research and Analysis (613-949-0745) or Lydia.Brooks@agr.gc.ca or Dr. Adam Chamber (905-648-3033) or Adam.Chambers@agr.gc.ca

Sincerely,
Steve Suttie
A/Executive Director | Directeur exécutif intérimaire
Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency | Agence canadienne du pari mutuel

(Standardbred Canada)

Pilot Project – Collection of Official Blood and TCO2 Samples

Notice to the Industry – Pilot Project combining collection of Official blood and TCO2 Samples

 The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) will launch a pilot project that will allow for the collection of Official (blood) samples at the same time as TCO2 samples. The pilot will take place at The Raceway at Western Fair District, commencing on November 15, 2013 and will run throughout the 2013/2014 racing season.

In this pilot project Official blood samples will be collected by the TCO2 Technician from selected horses in their paddock stall pre-race. The pilot has been designed to run in conjunction with the current CPMA drug control program consisting of post-race Official sample collections. This means that horses that are selected for pre-race Official sample collections may also be selected for post-race Official sample collection.  Click here for more information.

(ORC)

CPMA Changes Withdrawal Time On Anti-Inflammatory “Firocoxib”

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has altered its guidleines concerning withdrawal times forthe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory called “Firocoxib”.

To read the complete Memorandum from CPMA, please Click Here.

 

CPMA: Current Medication Withdrawal Deadlines Not Affected

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA)has  issued the following memorandum to the Provincial Regulatory Bodies on Wednesday regarding the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Medication Rules.


December 19, 2012

MEMORANDUM TO: Provincial Regulatory Bodies

SUBJECT: Modification to Racing Commissioners International Medication Rules

Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has recently announced preliminary approval for changes affecting the requirements for “Controlled Therapeutic Medications”, as newly-defined in the RCI Model Rules.

These changes intend to promote the adoption of uniform guidelines regarding the use of certain medications.

CPMA is a member of RCI, and sits on the Model Rules Committee. The CPMA supports efforts to harmonize rules affecting drug control, and will ensure that the Canadian approach to controlling the use of medications on race horses is informed by this RCI initiative.

However, the changes being developed to the RCI Model Rules (as posted by Standardbred Canada) do not affect the current CPMA withdrawal guidelines for any of the drugs listed, which remain  unchanged.

Should you have any further comment or questions, please contact Dr. Adam Chambers (905) 648-3033 or Lydia Brooks at (613) 949-0745.

(Standardbred Canada)

CPMA Adds Phenylpropanolamine To Prohibited Drug List

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency has issued a directive prohibiting the use of Phenylpropanolamine for race horses. The official notice is available here.

CPMA Now Testing For Ethanol–Notice from Ontario Racing Commission

 

On January 16, 2012, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) announced that official samples will be tested for ethanol, effective February 13, 2012.

Ethanol, a central nervous system depressant, is widely available in many forms. The CPMA is advising industry participants to take care and to read the label of ingredients when choosing products that are administered to horses. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has noted this very same advice in previous Notices to the Industry.

To view the complete Notice to the Industry from the Ontario Racing Commission, please use this link: Notice to the Industry – CPMA now testing for ethanol