CHFA Applauds Government for Listening to Industry's Concerns



    Following Discussions with CHFA, Minister of Health Tables Important
    Amendments to Bill C-51

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Canadian Health Food
Association (CHFA) is applauding the government for listening to the natural
products (NHP) industry's concerns regarding Bill C-51, An Act to amend the
Food and Drugs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, and
subsequently tabling amendments which would place NHPs in a separate category
in the proposed legislation.
    "Since Bill C-51 was tabled in early April," said CHFA CEO Penelope
Marrett, "we've been working hard to make our members' concerns known to the
Minister of Health, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Opposition Health
Critics as well as Health Canada officials."
    "We are encouraged to see that the positive dialogue which we've had with
Parliamentarians and other government officials will result in a significant
step forward for our industry."
    Last Thursday in the House of Commons, the Minister of Health tabled a
letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Health which proposed
government amendments to Bill C-51. The Bill is still being debated in Second
Reading of the House of Commons and is expected to be referred to the House of
Commons Standing Committee on Health very soon.
    "This development demonstrates the importance of having industry work
constructively with government," said Marrett. "We look forward to being
involved in the upcoming formal consultations related to this Bill as well as
presenting before the Standing Committee on Health once it studies Bill C-51
in the fall. There is still much work to be done."

    For more information on CHFA and its activities related to amending Bill
C-51, visit www.chfa.ca

    The Canadian Health Food Association (www.chfa.ca) is Canada's largest
national trade association dedicated to the natural and organic products
industry. Our members represent the entire supply chain including growers,
manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers involved in
a variety of industry sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements,
herbal products, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, natural and organic
foods, fibres and health and beauty aids. CHFA member products support
Canadians seeking optimal health and quality of life.




For further information:

For further information: or for interview requests: Natalie Cajic, CHFA
Communications, (416) 497-6939, ext 234, ncajic@chfa.ca; Catherine Fortin
LeFaivre, (613) 233-8906

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