Canadian food safety law could add to import requirements - The Packer

Canadian food safety law could add to import requirements

11/27/2012 02:04:00 PM
Tom Karst

The legislation provides the authority to certify all food commodities for export, allowing the CFIA to treat exported food commodities consistently.

Ron LemaireRon Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Ottawa, said the new food safety law will update a myriad of food safety statutes implemented over several decades.

The updated law should provide more consistent food safety oversight in Canada, he said.

“It should be seen as a positive,” he said.

Lemaire said Canadian food safety officials are looking more closely at fresh produce safety in their oversight role.

“They have recognized produce as a risk area, and, as an industry, we need to recognize the government is seeing it that way and we need to insure that we have the right tools and programs in place,” he said Nov. 27.

One positive element of the law will be to require a license for every company selling food in Canada, Lemaire said.

Lemaire said it is uncertain how soon CFIA will develop specific regulations to implement the law but said he welcomes the process.

“I think it gives us an opportunity to look at our regulations and modernize them to work in today’s business requirements,” Lemaire said.


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Steve Henderson    
Coastline Produce  |  November, 30, 2012 at 01:43 PM

We sit on our hands and let Canada bring in whatever they want at little or no tariff, while they impose theirs in the peak time or our production. Now more regulations. Seems like the proverbial "One way street"

ROBERT THOMAS    
WPG.CANADA  |  December, 01, 2012 at 10:27 AM

IT IS ALL ABOUT MAKING OUR AND YOUR FOOD, AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE, JUST THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE GENERATIONS, OUR CHILDRENS, CHILDREN, LEAVE THEM SOME THING THEY WILL BE GREATFUL FOR HAVING...ALSO THIS WILL PERVENT THE PRODUCERS THAT ARE IN THE BUSSINESS FOR PROFIT NOT FOR YOUR OR MY SAFETY...THX AND EAT HEALTHY...GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE.

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