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THE CANADA FOOD AND CONSUMER SAFETY ACTION PLAN

May 4, 2008


As a reaction to recent health outbreaks caused by human and pet foods, the Government of Canada has proposed new and "tougher" legislation on food producers and importers.
In this day and age of industry self regulation, and food producers using imported food ingredients and additives from questionable offshore sources, we hope that the new regulatory processes will have enough "teeth" to protect the consumers.

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Here is the outline from healthycanadians.ca:
The Government of Canada takes the safety of Canadians seriously; thatís why we are proposing to update our regulatory processes to address the new realities of the global economy.

The proposed Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan will improve upon Canadaís existing processes by:
preventing problems in the first place;
targeting the products that present the highest risks;
providing rapid response to problems when they occur.

On Tuesday, April 8 the Government tabled amendments to the Food and Drugs Act, as well as introduced the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to the legislature.

Putting the Plan into Action:
Only a small percentage of businesses behave irresponsibly. We will target these businesses aggressively which will enable law-abiding Canadian businesses to compete on a more level playing field.

Our Action Plan proposes:
increasing penalties to punish offending companies with stiffer fines;
establishing Product Traceability requirements, making it mandatory for suppliers to provide quick tracking of recalled products;
new authorities to better enable Canada's food inspectors to appropriately monitor food and take action when needed.

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It definitly is a step in the right direction. In the mean time, now that summer is aproaching, buy more local produce. You will be helping the Canadian farmer, and can be confident of receiving a hygenically and sanitary grown product.

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