CALGARY, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian pulse and special crop
industry has come out in strong support of Canada recognizing trusted
international assessments such as Codex, and utilizing risk assessments
completed by regulatory bodies in other countries with whom Canada
already has strong working relations in risk assessment.
Pulse Canada and the CSCA were responding to an Australian Pesticides
and Veterinary Medicines Authority consultation document on policy
looking at assessments, standards and decision, and a Government of
India submission to a World Trade Organization (WTO) committee pointing
out ways to use relevant information from another country or from a
body like Codex to minimize the negative impact on trade that occurs
when gaps exist in policy at the national level.
"The Governments of India and Australia have both encouraged discussion
at the international level on how we can avoid additional costs and
delays by recognizing the scientific assessments done by other
competent agencies" said Lee Moats, Chair of Pulse Canada. "Both
papers suggest that assessments done by others can be accepted unless
there is a demonstrated reason why additional requirements should be
imposed" said Moats.
"The positions being expressed by India and Australia are aligned with
Canada's draft low-level presence (LLP) policy", said Murad Al-Katib,
President of the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA). When
implemented, Canada's LLP policy will enable Canadian regulators to
move off Canada's strict zero tolerance for imports of any genetically
modified (GM) crop that has not been approved in Canada if it has been
approved by other countries using accepted global standards.
"Farmers, perhaps more than anyone, have an interest in ensuring safe
food for all. Not only do our livelihoods depend on it but the safety
of our families too", said Moats. "Indian and Canadian farmers have
shared the same experience of problems with regulatory processes, not
safety, that impact trade."
"This is not a new concept. The World Food Programme already uses the
principal of mutual recognition where they accept the MRL established
in the country from which they are buying," said Al-Katib.
"The focus needs to be on how assessments are done, not who does the
assessment. I look forward to the Government of Canada playing a
leading role in looking at our national policy, and in leading
international policy discussions on mutual recognition," said Moats.
"This direction in policy reform will help Canadian farmers and farmers
in developing countries. It will ensure that resources are used to
focus on food safety and do not unnecessarily duplicate good
assessments that have already been completed."
Pulse Canada is the national association of growers, traders and
processors of Canadian pulse crops. Canada is the world's largest
supplier pulses, with annual exports reaching more than 150 countries.
The Canadian Special Crops Association is the national industry
association representing processors and exporters of special crops in
Canada. Canadian special crops include pulses - beans, peas, lentils
and chickpeas - as well as buckwheat, sunflowers, mustard and
SOURCE Pulse Canada
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For further information:
Gord Kurbis, Director, Market Access and Trade Policy, Pulse Canada & CSCA, (204) 925-3788, and firstname.lastname@example.org