The Canadian Food Inspection agency has declared the Riding Mountain TB Eradication Zone bovine tuberculosis free.

Dr. Lynn Bates says area producers are now no longer required to obtain C.F.I.A. movement permits for cattle and farmed bison.

She credits the lifting of the restrictions to a comprehensive testing regime which began in 2002.

Since that time 142,000 TB tests were conducted.

Bates stresses Parks Canada and Manitoba Conservation will maintain efforts to address the bovine TB problem in wild elk and deer in and around the park.

Until the change in status, the Riding Mountain TB Eradication area had been the only part of Canada without TB free status.