TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomes
Minister Ritz's May 17th announcement which unveiled the Safe Food for
Canadians Action Plan.
"Food safety is the number one priority for RCC's grocery members and
they expend considerable effort and resources ensuring that the
products they sell to their customers are safe," said David Wilkes,
Senior Vice President, RCC. "When it comes to improving Canada's food
safety system we support the policy intent behind the new Safe Food for Canadians Act and this new Action Plan."
The May 17th announcement committed the government to working with consumer groups
and industry to help develop regulations under the new Act. The
planned consultations are a continuation of ongoing discussions on a
modernized framework that began before Bill S-11 was passed. "RCC and
our members appreciate the collaborative approach that the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has taken. We believe this collaboration
will only act to strengthen these efforts through the sharing of
knowledge and expertise in the area of food safety," added Wilkes.
Minister Ritz kicked off the government's Action Plan with an
announcement that CFIA will be proposing new labelling requirements for
some meat and poultry products specific to federally-registered
processors and that Health Canada will be doing the same for tenderized
beef in grocery stores.
Wilkes concluded by saying that "RCC and our members have a strong
working relationship with Health Canada and as an example, last year
our members swiftly implemented voluntary labelling practices for
tenderized beef," in response to a request from the Department. In that
spirit, "RCC intends to continue to participate in the government
consultations related to the Safe Food for Canadians Act and looks forward to ensuring that Canada's food supply chain continues
to be recognized as a leader in food safety practices."
About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit
association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail
formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional
and national specialty chains, and online merchants.
SOURCE: Retail Council of Canada
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