The CFIA Chronicle – Spring 2019

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President, Siddika Mithani, Ph. D. and Executive Vice-President, France Pégeot

Message from the President and Executive Vice-President

As the new President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), I am honoured to be leading this organization. In the few short weeks that I have been here, it is clear there is no shortage of important work being done across the Agency. As France can certainly attest, work is progressing on many fronts – from our core focus on food safety, animal health, plant protection and supporting international market access to innovating to better position us for the future.

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Outcome-based requirements – what they mean for food businesses

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are now in force and bring with them a number of key advancements, including moving to a mix of outcome and prescriptive-based approaches to regulating food safety.

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Are you an exporter of manufactured food? Say hello to the Certificate of Free Sale

For exporters operating within the manufactured food sector (products that were previously in the non-federally registered sector), the new Certificate of Free Sale replaces the Manufacturer's Declaration.

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Using data to make a difference in inspection planning

By leveraging risk information through analytical tools, we are able to develop tactical work plans that guide inspection activities in a more consistent and efficient way while targeting areas with the greatest risk.

Ken Marcynuk, National Manager, Food Safety Investigations and Recalls

More than 10,000 food recalls over 20 years!

On any given day in the OFSR, there could be dozens of ongoing food safety investigations happening all at once. From reported allergic reactions, unsatisfactory test results, consumers who are finding things in their food, to foodborne illness outbreaks, one thing is for sure: working in the OFSR is fast-paced, varied and unpredictable.

What's in it for you? Innovative Solutions Canada

Small business risk-takers solving CFIA challenges

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is asking small businesses to step up to the plate to help solve challenges the Agency faces in its day-to-day work, in order to mutually benefit both Canada's small business sector and the Agency.

Coming soon – International Year of Plant Health!

2020 International Year of Plant Health

Have you heard that 2020 will be the International Year of Plant Health? Plants are essential for life. They feed us, clothe us, provide shelter, are a source of income, and allow us to breathe. That's why the Government of Canada supports the UN's declaration of the year 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health.

Throughout 2019, CFIA will work with other government departments and industry organizations across the country to prepare for and promote this special year that will raise awareness of the importance of plant health. To keep up with our activities on plant health, follow us on Twitter @CFIA_Canada.

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Canada continues to export ash wood to the European Union (EU)

CFIA has successfully negotiated an extension to the EU's plant health derogation from EU regulation 2016/412. This extension ensures continued access for heat-treated ash lumber from Canada to the EU, valued at $50M per year, until June 30, 2020.

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