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- Why are we doing this?
- Globalization and industry consolidation
- Shifting consumer landscape – aging population and increasing expectations
- Evolving production and processing technologies
- Emerging pathogens and diseases
- Increased knowledge of risk and systems-based approaches
- Advances in science and technology
- Modernization initiatives of trading partners
What is CFIA Transformation?
- A comprehensive agenda to strengthen our legislative foundation, regulatory programs and inspection delivery
- CFIA's transformation agenda is focussed on the four inter-connected pillars of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan:
- stronger safety rules;
- more effective inspection;
- commitment to service; and
- more information for consumers.
- Transformation efforts started with food, with plant and animal following
Science: A Key to Success
- Science is a pillar in delivering CFIA's Food Safety Agency Transformation and the Agency's mandate
- New risk-based approach in food safety
- Government has consistently invested in CFIA's science capacity
- Science underpins risk assessment, risk management decisions and communications
- Key elements to the credibility of the Canadian food safety system and the CFIA
Approach to Risk… Risk Analysis Framework
Why a New Model?
- Enhancement of applying risk based approach consistently will help promote compliance
- Assist in directing and allocating CFIA resources to areas of high risk
- Reinforce the integration of the different information
- Provide support for more systematic and consistent CFIA oversight activities (inspection, surveillance, systems auditing, sampling and testing, etc.)
- Stay aligned with other leading countries using risk-informed systems
Risk Assessment (RA) Model
What Does this Mean?
Examples of where oversight regimes may be different based on risk:
- Two dairy establishments, one produces raw milk and pasteurized milk products and the other produces pasteurized products only:
- Factors to consider – inherent risk of raw milk products, Preventive Control Plan, potential of cross contamination between lines
- Two establishments producing ready-to-eat products:
- Factors to consider – type of the process being used
- An establishment which continually has non compliances versus an compliant establishment
Next Steps for the RA Model
- Validate the criteria used in the model, their associated weights and preliminary results
- Include benchmarking analysis in the model
- Include literature search done by scientific experts
- Conduct further testing for other domestic commodities
- Identify RA training needs and priorities for the Agency
I would like to thank the Canadian Food Industry and Universities who participated in this project.
- By email: CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca
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Strategic Partnerships Division 1400 Merivale Road, Tower 1
Floor 6, Suite 218
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Attn: Linda Webster
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