CFIA Launches Consultations on
Canada's Food Safety System
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is asking consumers and food industry stakeholders to express their opinions on three
elements of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, which aims to strengthen
and modernize Canada's food safety system.
The CFIA's compliance
promotion initiative, the proposed new regulatory framework
for the federal food inspection, and the planned outcome-based
approach to regulation and inspections were presented at the
CFIA's Food Safety Regulatory Forum on June 4, 2013.
That form was the
first stage in the consultation process, which is now continuing online. This
consultation on compliance promotion is attempting to determine how enhanced
compliance efforts by government, industry and interested third parties could
improve industry's ability to meet regulatory requirements.
The consultation on
the proposed regulatory framework is seeking to gather feedback on the food
regulations that are being developed to support the new Safe
Food for Canadians Act. Stakeholder views are sought on the adoption of this
approach in food regulation and inspections. This will allow continuation of
improving Canada's world-class food safety system.
There is also the
Food Labelling Modernization Initiative. The objective
of the Food Labelling Modernization initiative is to develop a more modern
food labelling system that can respond to today’s challenges and those of the
This initiative will focus on foods, as well as the review of
CFIA food labelling frameworks and regulatory, program design and delivery
systems. It will not include food labelling activities that fall under the
mandate of other government departments (such as Health Canada).
and other stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on these initiatives by
reviewing the documents on the CFIA's