ARCHIVED - Statement from Dr. Martine Dubuc,
Chief Food Safety Officer of Canada

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World Health Day 2015 – Food Safety Theme

As the Chief Food Safety Officer of Canada, I am happy to have this opportunity to mark World Health Day and this year's important theme – Food Safety 'from farm to plate, keep food safe'.

In order to maintain Canada's world-class food safety system, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) works continuously to keep pace with an evolving food sector that is increasingly globalized. This important work cannot be done alone. Partnerships with federal and provincial counterparts, industry, and national and international scientific communities are critical to our success.

Earlier today, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of the Food Safety Information Network (FSIN). Thanks to this modern network, laboratories will be able to share urgently needed surveillance information and food safety data using a secure, web-enabled platform.

Partners in the FSIN will include federal food safety authorities, such as the CFIA, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as provincial and territorial ministries of agriculture and health that are responsible for food safety monitoring and surveillance programs. It will also include universities and private food testing laboratories.

This enhanced preventive approach to food safety will ultimately better protect Canadians from foodborne hazards such as chemicals, pathogens, allergens and physical contaminants. With these new links in place, the network will continue to build on existing scientific and technical capacity to enhance food safety in all parts of Canada.

Consumers can also play an important role in protecting themselves and their families and keeping their food safe.

Consumers can find all the latest food safety information on the CFIA's website or by following the CFIA on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is the best way to stay on top of safe food handling practices, the latest food recalls and allergy alerts.

So today, I join the World Health Organization in highlighting the importance of food safety from farm to plate. Working together from the global level to the local level we can continue to keep our food safe.

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