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Canada Strengthens Food Safety System

19 November 2010

CANADA - The Canadian Government has taken another step to strengthen Canada’s food safety system by appointing seven highly qualified advisors to the Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The MAB includes a diverse range of experts from the food, animal and plant health sectors who will advise the Minister on food safety and other issues related to the CFIA’s mandate.

This announcement fulfils another recommendation of the Report of the Independent Investigator into the 2008 Listeriosis Outbreak (the “Weatherill Report”).

"Today’s announcement is one more way we are improving an already world-recognized food safety system," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

"This highly qualified and diverse advisory board builds upon our Government’s increased investments, hiring of more inspectors, and enhanced Listeria testing."

The Ministerial Advisory Board will be an active forum; it will meet regularly and report annually.

"This outstanding group of individuals will be a vital, external source that will advise on how to further strengthen our food safety system," said Minister Ritz.

"Our Government will continue to work towards fulfilling all 57 recommendations of the Weatherill Report."

The CFIA enforces 13 federal acts and is responsible for safeguarding Canada’s food supply, monitoring animal health and protecting plants.

The advisory board expects to have their introductory meeting by the end of this year.

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