|January 17, 2013
Is our government doing enough to protect Canadians from food contamination?
Over the past few years, commercial food contamination has become more frequent. So, what is our government doing to protect Canadian citizens from food contamination? The Harper Government is in the process of passing the Safe Food for Canadians Act. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the act will “have stronger modernized tools to better protect Canadians and enhance industry compliance.” The act would improve food oversight by:
- Instituting a more consistent inspection regime across all food commodities;
- Implementing tougher penalties for activities that put the health and safety of Canadians at risk;
- Giving inspectors an enhanced ability to compel food producers to provide information in a timely manner and standardized format;
- Giving the CFIA the authority to require traceability systems for food producers and processors by way of regulation.
- Providing better control over imports and exports; and
- Strengthening food traceability throughout the value chain.
Fines for serious offenses would increase from $250,000 to $5, 000, 000.
Safe food for Canadians Act details