TORONTO, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) supports
the recommendations of the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef
Recall Panel and welcomes the report as part of the government's
efforts to continually improve Canada's food safety system.
In March, 2013 RCC and its grocery members spent a day with the expert
panel discussing ways to improve how recalls are managed in Canada.
"Canada has one of the best food safety systems in the world however
there is always opportunity to improve. We will work in partnership
with the Government to ensure that we maintain our high standards and
to ensure food safety for consumers," said David Wilkes, Senior Vice
In its discussion with the Panel, RCC and its members raised the need
for better collaboration and sharing of information with the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) so that retailers are better equipped to
manage events such as the XL Foods Inc. Beef recall. "We were very
pleased to see many of our suggestions, such as a more transparent
communication with the agency, included in the Panel's recommendations
relating to the strengthening of incident management and recall
response," said Wilkes.
Grocery retailers in Canada are responsible for ensuring that recalled
products are removed immediately from store shelves to minimize food
safety concerns for consumers. As Mr. Wilkes explained, "All of our
members have their own rapid response teams that are trained and ready
to manage food safety events. In the case of the XL Beef recall, the
system already in place by our members worked and the product was
removed within hours of learning about the specific products affected."
RCC's ability to communicate the clear and timely information with its
members is key to ensuring that grocery response teams can initiate
proper recall procedures within their companies.
Wilkes concluded by saying, "We look forward to collaborating with the
government to address the Panel's recommendations."
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
For further information:
Vice President, Federal Government Relations
Retail Council of Canada
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