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New Measures Strengthen Canada’s Food Safety System

20 May 2013

CANADA – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has backed new rules and requirements for beef outlined in the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan which the organisation says will further strengthen Canada’s food safety system.

The enhanced controls are intended to reduce the risk of E.coli O157:H7.

Announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, the Action Plan includes new requirements for industry and government.

Increased Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) testing and oversight is part of the plan, in addition to new requirements to strengthen existing controls at federally-registered beef plants that make beef trim, ground beef and beef patties.

“The CCA is passionate about reducing E.coli and these new controls will enhance industry efforts in the fight against E.coli,” said CCA President Martin Unrau.

“The CCA believes irradiation, when used with food safety interventions already in use, could essentially eliminate E.coli related illness associated with ground beef.”

The Action Plan will introduce its new safety rules and requirements over the next two years. During that time, the CCA hopes to gain approval for irradiation of beef from Health Canada.

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