New law to enhance Canada's reputation as a global food and beverage
product safety leader
TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) strongly supports new legislation tabled today in Ottawa which builds on
Canada's exemplary food safety standards.
FCPC has been working closely with the federal government to help
modernize our existing food safety laws. The food and beverage
manufacturing industry and the government share the same goal -
continuing to provide the safe, high quality food and beverages
Canadians rely on and trust. These changes will further enhance
Canada's reputation as a global food and beverage product safety
The Safe Foods for Canadians Act contains key provisions that meet many of the food safety objectives of
both industry and government, and continue to protect consumers. The
new legislation focuses on prevention and will also consolidate
existing laws into one allowing for greater consistency across product
categories and harmonizing enforcement powers. FCPC also supports the
introduction of new offences related to product tampering and
authorizing higher financial penalties for food safety violations.
Recently the government also introduced amendments to the Food and Drugs
Act in Bill C-38 which will bring about much needed improvement to the
way food is approved in Canada. Both moves are strongly supported by
FCPC and its member companies.
"Canadians already enjoy some of the safest food products in the world.
The proposed Safe Foods for Canadians Act will definitely further enhance Canada's reputation as global food
safety leaders. Food & Consumer Products of Canada and all our members
strongly support and applaud the federal government's strong action to
modernize Canada's food safety laws."
- Nancy Croitoru, President & CEO, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
The food and consumer products manufacturing industry employs 300,000
Canadians - the largest employer in the manufacturing sector.
Our industry operates more than 6,000 manufacturing facilities in both
urban and rural areas in every region in the country.
Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) is the largest industry
association in Canada representing the food and consumer products
industry. Our member companies make and market retailer and national
brands sold through grocery, drug, convenience, mass merchandise and
foodservice distribution channels.
SOURCE Food and Consumer Products of Canada
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