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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) fertilizer and supplement activities will concentrate on verifying that products are safe for humans, plants, animals and the Canadian environment.

In addition to an ongoing focus on the safety of fertilizer and supplement, the CFIA continues to verify that products are properly labelled to avoid product misrepresentation in the marketplace and protect consumers.

Through amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations, the CFIA will no longer regulate product efficacy and quality. This change will allow CFIA resources to focus on verifying the safety of fertilizers and supplements, and will also provide industry with greater flexibility, reduced costs and less red tape. The regulations are expected to be amended in April 2013.

As an interim measure, the CFIA has implemented a streamlined registration process, which will remain in place until the Agency amends the Fertilizers Regulations. Through this optional new process, fertilizers and supplements that are deemed safe by the CFIA and have met a minimum threshold of evidence of efficacy (such as foreign trial data or scientific literature) can be registered for sale in Canada.

Safety remains the CFIA's priority, and safety assessments will continue to examine all ingredients in a fertilizer or supplements including the active components as well as the formulants, carriers, additives, potential contaminants and by-products that might be released into the environment as a result of product's use and application to soil.

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