Safe Food for Canadians Act passes through committee
Nov. 7, 2012, Ottawa, ON – The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food has completed its review of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and has now referred it back to the House of Commons for Report Stage and Third reading. This brings the Government one step closer to strengthening and modernizing Canada’s food safety system for consumers.
“This important Act will provide new authorities to address food safety risks and will build additional safety into the system, from processor to importer to consumer,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
The Act, which consolidates the authorities of multiple food statutes, specifically allows for:
- Tougher penalties for activities that put the health and safety of Canadians at risk;
- A more consistent inspection regime across all food commodities;
- Better control over imports and exports; and
- Strengthened food traceability.
For more information on the Safe Food for Canadians Act, please visit www.inspection.gc.ca or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.