Retail Council of Canada supports federal government's safe food initiative

TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada applauds today's announcement by the federal government of changes to protect food safety.

"We support the announcement today by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz," said Dave Wilkes, Senior Vice President of RCC's grocery division. "Food safety is the primary concern of Canada's grocery retailers; it is the foundation upon which all other priorities are built."

Minister Ritz announced the Safe Food for Canadians Act, intended to strengthen and modernize the food safety system. The Act will consolidate the Fish Inspection Act, the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

"Canada's retail grocers share the government's commitment to protect the health and safety of Canadian consumers," said Wilkes. "We look forward to continuing to work with the federal government."

Retail Council of Canada ( 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:

Sally Ritchie
VP Communications and Marketing, RCC
416 922-0553 ext. 228
1 888-373-8245
416 574-2552 (Mobile)

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