Factsheet: Streamlining Food Regulations in Canada
OTTAWA, April 26, 2012 /CNW/ - As part of the Jobs, Growth, and
Long-Term Prosperity Act, the Harper Government today introduced
amendments to the Food and Drugs Act that will continue to protect Canadian food safety, while reducing red
tape that currently delays safe foods from getting to market.
"The current tools we use to regulate some food products are rigid and
outdated," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "Our
new approach will allow more timely approvals of safe, innovative
products, while still protecting the health and safety of Canadians."
The new tools, called "Marketing Authorizations" and "Incorporation by
Reference", will streamline regulatory processes, while maintaining the
same rigorous pre-market safety assessments to support Health Canada
Currently, once Health Canada food scientists have made certain safety
decisions - be it around a new food additive, vitamin or mineral
nutrient or approving a new health claim on a food - it can take many
months, and sometimes even years, to implement that decision through a
change in the regulations.
Not only do these delays limit access to innovative and safe products
for Canadians, but they also limit the department's ability to respond
to new scientific information that might have an impact on the health
and safety of Canadians.
With these changes, the Government will be able to focus its efforts and
resources where they will have the greatest impact on the health of
Canadians. These amendments will also help address the response to the Weatherill recommendations, which were specific about the need for improved processes for food
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SOURCE Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health