- The Canadian grain industry standard for faeces contamination is zero tolerance. Grain that is unmarketable due to faeces contamination may qualify for compensation under the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.
- Producers must contact MASC to register a claim within 72 hours of discovering the contamination.
- If producers harvest contaminated areas of a field, they must make every effort to keep this production separate from uncontaminated production. Any negligent mixing of contaminated production with uncontaminated production may disqualify the producer from receiving compensation.
- Any harvested production that is contaminated by faeces is to be sampled by MASC prior to disposal to verify contamination and establish marketable grade.
- No compensation is available if the contamination occurs after harvest (i.e. grain stored in a pile).
- The claimant has several options available for contaminated production in the bin:
- Sell: Any harvested production sold at reduced values will be compensated for the difference between the price of the production’s marketable grade and the sold value.
- Clean: Any contaminated production that is mechanically cleaned to remove the faeces qualifies for the cost of cleaning the gross production to a marketable product. The producer may claim the actual cleaning cost to a preset maximum per bushel (reviewed annually). There is no compensation for the screenings.
- Destroy: Any harvested production that is unsaleable will be compensated at the marketable grade, once MASC verifies the destruction of this production. There is no compensation for costs of disposal. The producer must obtain written confirmation from three different licensed grain buyers stating they are unable to purchase the production due to faeces contamination.