Canada Works to Strengthen Food Safety28 November 2013
CANADA - The Canadian Government bis starting to put in place 11 recommendations from the Auditor General to improve food safety across the country.
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, said that the Government is committed to ensuring that Canadian families have confidence in the food they buy and eat.
"As confirmed by the Auditor General, our food recall system effectively removes unsafe food from the marketplace and quickly warns consumers,” she said.
“The CFIA accepts all the recommendations in the report and work is well underway to address them."
The CFIA has already completed one of the Auditor General's 11 recommendations, better monitoring of corrective action requests.
The alignment of the CFIA under the Minister of Health puts a clear focus on consumer safety, focusses and clarifies accountabilities and presents new opportunities for closer collaboration among federal food safety partners.
"When it comes to food safety, this government is always looking for opportunities to improve," added Minister Ambrose.
"We have significantly strengthened the food safety system, and we'll continue to take action to protect consumers."
Since the CFIA joined the health portfolio in October, the Government has already taken several actions:
- Announced the intent to introduce stiffer penalties for businesses that fail to respect federal meat safety requirements;
- Developed enhanced tools for communicating with the public, including revised food recall warnings that are clearer and easier to understand;
- Expanded FoodNet Canada to a third surveillance site to improve monitoring of food safety issues; and
- Introduced the Healthy and Safe Food for Canadians Framework to inform consumers about healthy and safe food choices, to minimise food safety risks, and to protect Canadians when unsafe foods enter the marketplace.
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