- Top Meadow Farms world's first commercial adopter of vaccine -
BELLEVILLE, ON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that its vaccine against E. coli O157:H7 in cattle has been used for the first time by a commercial beef producer. Top Meadow Farms, an Ontario-based producer of premium beef, integrated use of the E. coli O157:H7 vaccine into its Top in Field(TM) cattle rearing standards, under the auspices of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations governing the sale of the vaccine in Canada.
"Top Meadow is committed to producing beef that is of the best possible taste and healthfulness," stated Kym Anthony, owner of Top Meadow Farms. "The Bioniche vaccine provides an important pre-harvest intervention against E. coli O157:H7 that we are very pleased to add to our CFIA-audited Top in Field(TM) feed and husbandry protocols. Equally, we are pleased to have the support of retailers of our beef, such as the Highland Farms grocery chain and the award winning Via Allegro restaurant: All of us take food safety to be a core obligation."
"The adoption of our vaccine by Top Meadow Farms provides evidence that a beef producer recognizes the environmental and public health benefits that can result from reducing the shed of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria by cattle," said Graeme McRae, President & CEO of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. "Shed bacteria can contaminate food, water and the environment, and human exposures to this pathogen result in an estimated 100,000 cases of illness per year in North America."
The vaccine remains under review by The Canadian Food Inspection Agency
(CFIA) and The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the
course of its review process, the CFIA notified Bioniche last December that
it was agreeable to issuing permits under the Permit to Release Veterinary
Biologics regulations. Th
|SOURCE Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.|
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