CHFA held photo op cutting symbolic red tape on the steps of Parliament
OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA)
today delivered "Getting Natural Health Products Regulations Right," a
detailed response to the Harper government's Red Tape Reduction Report. CHFA President, Helen Sherrard, presented the report during a press
conference on Parliament Hill followed by a symbolic cutting of red
tape on the steps of Centre Block.
"The Red Tape Reduction Commission's report is a rallying call to the 73
per cent of Canadians who choose the benefits of natural health
products as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle," said Association
President, Helen Sherrard. "It also recognizes the long-time concerns
of natural health product retailers and suppliers that red tape is
killing both Canadian innovation in natural health products and
thousands of jobs in an industry that contributes three billion dollars
per year to the Canadian economy."
The Red Tape Reduction Commission contained extensive recommendations
calling for the smart regulation of natural health products. CHFA
along with its 1,000+ members in the natural health products industry
are calling for collaborative action with Parliamentarians to establish
an action plan for an efficient and predictable regulatory environment
for NHPs to ensure the future health of Canadians.
CHFA also applauded the Red Tape Reduction Commission's One-for-One Rule
which states that every time the government proposes a new regulation,
it must eliminate an existing one. The Association supports the
Commission's proposal to give the Office of the Auditor General of
Canada the mandate of reviewing and reporting on the government's
progress in reducing regulatory administrative burden.
Natural health products include vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies,
homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines, probiotics and other
products like amino acids and essential fatty acids. The importance of
these products was identified in a recent Ipsos Reid Omnibus survey
that found 80 per cent of natural health product users indicated these
products were "very or somewhat important" to their families.
CHFA President, Helen Sherrard will present the formal response to the
Minister of Small Business, the Hon. Maxime Bernier, later today.
"Minister Bernier comes from an entrepreneurial region and that is
reflected in this report," added Sherrard. "We applaud the Prime
Minister, his team and the Commissioners for listening to Canadians
concerned about the appropriate level of regulation for natural health
products. Now we are joining with the Harper Government and urging them
to act on implementing the Red Tape Reduction Commission's action plan
so Canadian Consumers have access to safe, high quality and effective
natural health products."
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada's largest national
trade association dedicated to the natural health and organic products
industries. Representing manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers,
distributors, and importers of natural health products, the Canadian
Health Food Association has 1,000 members who contribute three billion
dollars to the Canadian economy annually. For more information on
CHFA and the natural health products industry visit www.chfa.ca
SOURCE Canadian Health Food Association
For further information:
For more information, to obtain a copy of the "Getting Natural Health Products Regulations Right" report or to arrange an interview with President, Helen Sherrard please contact:
Canadian Health Food Association
416-497-6939 ex. 230