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- To briefly review feedback from recent consultation on the CFIA's proposed improved food inspection model.
- To explain what you can expect in the final model and of the CFIA's next steps to implement its new approach.
- In response to a rapidly changing environment, the CFIA has embarked on an ambitious transformation agenda.
- Budget 2011 provided the CFIA with $100M over 5 years.
- Safe Food for Canadians Act consolidates all current food legislation.
- The Act and many of the CFIA's current activities are complementary.
- The Act and modernization efforts align Canada with the United States.
- Changes to food inspection were necessary to better respond to environment and emerging risks.
- Single and consistent approach to food inspection across all food whether imported, exported or prepared for interprovincial sale.
- Builds on strong existing foundation.
- Focus on how inspection is done.
- CFIA is currently finalizing an improved food inspection model based on feedback received.
- The food inspection model provides foundation for new food regulations.
Food inspection model
A food inspection model built by stakeholders
- The improved food inspection model represents the vision and the approach that the CFIA will take for food inspection.
- The CFIA first consulted broadly on the draft model during summer-fall 2012 and again on a revised version during spring 2013.
- Versions of draft model were posted online and supported by online questionnaires and presentations, dedicated email account, and face-to-face sessions.
- International notices were sent to Canadian missions and to member countries of the World Trade Organization.
Preliminary overview of feedback
- Feedback has been generally supportive and positive.
- Request for more details about how
- licensing regime will be implemented,
- preventive control plans should be developed,
- regulated parties would meet compliance and how CFIA might provide additional training and guidance,
- oversight will be determined, and
- inspection modernization aligns with other food safety initiatives.
What to expect in final model
- Final food inspection model anticipated in the summer 2013.
- Basic concepts will remain the same.
- Additional details about licensing and preventive controls.
- Inspection modernization is designed to achieve better food safety outcomes through
- greater emphasis on prevention,
- better use of scientific data and information,
- more consistent approach to risk analysis, and
- more transparency and promotion of stronger food safety culture.
- CFIA's approach to implement the food inspection model
- Reconciling development of the regulatory framework with the food inspection model
- Implementation sequence
- Extending food model to animal and plant health
- By email: CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca
- By mail: Strategic Partnerships Division
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 1
Floor 6, suite 218
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Attn: improved food inspection model
- By fax: 613-773-5606
Appendix: What would change for food inspection (1)
- The CFIA is proposing a single licensing regime for regulated parties, with conditions.
- Licensing would apply to parties that import, export or prepare food destined for interprovincial trade or export.
- To obtain a licence, these parties would be required to develop, document, implement and maintain a preventive control plan that meets food safety and regulatory requirements and suits their operations.
Appendix: What would change for food inspection (2)
- The CFIA is proposing a base level of inspection oversight based on risk.
- Food commodities and processes of equal risk would be treated consistently.
- More inspection and enforcement for non-compliant and high-priority operations.
- The CFIA would continue to inspect regularly to verify compliance but the frequency or level of inspection oversight would be pre-determined based on risk, inspection data and other information, such as compliance history and recalls.
Appendix: What would change for food inspection (3)
- All food would be inspected using a single, consistent approach that would complement current inspection.
- The CFIA would issue Corrective Action Requests for critical and serious food safety non-compliances.
- Increased inspection frequency is one of many actions that would be used by the CFIA. The Agency may be required to take other action as necessary.
Appendix: What would change for food inspection (4)
Compliance and Enforcement
- The CFIA is proposing a single compliance and enforcement strategy for food, focusing on prevention and risk mitigation.
- The CFIA would take consistent and appropriate compliance or enforcement action where parties fail to meet food safety or regulatory requirements.
- Greater transparency; the CFIA would disclose more compliance information publicly.
Appendix: What would change for food inspection (5)
- The CFIA is proposing to continually evaluate the overall effectiveness of Canada's food inspection system.
- The CFIA would have a comprehensive way to target efforts and continuously improve and adjust inspection.
- The CFIA would be able to demonstrate effectiveness of the inspection system to Canadians and international trading partners.
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