Industry presses for even further headway
TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's food, beverage and consumer
products manufacturers welcome the Report to Leaders on the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation
Council Action Plans released today, and hope one of the government's New Year's resolutions
is to continue making even more progress on this file in 2013.
Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) is supportive of this
important initiative as it is about greater efficiency and alignment on
issues critical to business, growth and national security.
FCPC is most encouraged by the top focus on food safety and the
importance of ensuring no duplicative and unnecessary inspections at
the border, which will result in more efficient flow of goods, common
standards and definitions in dealing with food on both sides of the
border. As well, the launch of a pilot extending FAST benefits at the
Sarnia border crossing is a good step forward.
There are clear work plans and ideas to move this key initiative
forward. FCPC is strongly encouraging the leaders to continue
progressing as this will help manufacturers invest in the economy and
create jobs. FCPC is pleased that it remains very clear the initiative
is about strategic alignment and Canada will continue to finalize rules
and regulations that make the most sense for Canadians.
"Canada's food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers are
encouraged by the details announced in today's Report to Leaders. While there remains lots of work to do, it's clear the Harper
government is serious about delivering results on this important file.
I wish for a New Year with even more headway towards making doing
business between Canada and the U.S. more efficient. Ultimately, a more
aligned system - where it makes strategic sense - will benefit the
economy and most importantly, Canadian consumers."
- Nancy Croitoru, President & CEO, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
The food, beverage and consumer products manufacturing industry employs
300,000 Canadians - the largest employer in the manufacturing sector.
Almost $100 million of agriculture and agri-food products move across
the border between our two countries each day.
Food & Consumer Products of Canada is Canada's largest industry
association representing the companies that manufacture and distribute
the vast majority of food, beverage and consumer goods found on store
shelves. Our members provide jobs to almost 300,000 Canadians, and
include small and large; multi-national and Canadian-owned companies.
Learn more at www.fcpc.ca and follow us at @FCPC1
SOURCE: Food and Consumer Products of Canada
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