Action on Weatherill Report Recommendations to Strengthen the Food Safety System: Final Report to Canadians
A Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

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Keeping food safe for Canadians is a top priority for our Government.

We work continually with the provincial and territorial governments, the food industry and health and consumer groups to improve Canada's food safety system to protect Canadians. The culture of prevention and responsiveness has contributed to a safer food safety system in Canada.

Following the tragic 2008 listeriosis outbreak caused by contaminated ready-to-eat meat, the Prime Minister appointed Sheila Weatherill to conduct a comprehensive and independent investigation and to make recommendations to strengthen the Canadian food safety system.

The Government of Canada committed to act on all of Ms. Weatherill's recommendations and has been working diligently to implement them. We have made significant investments in Canada's food safety system. At the federal level, the organizations responsible for food safety and for public health are now better equipped to collaborate and coordinate government actions to prevent, detect and respond to potential food safety risks. We are also doing a better job at informing Canadians about the steps they can take to protect themselves from food-related illness. And we are developing a new food safety bill to simplify and modernize our legislation.

When an outbreak threatens or food recalls happen, governments and the food industry must have the capacity to respond quickly and effectively. Our Government has worked with industry leaders and health authorities through open and frank discussions to ensure that our systems are functioning as well as possible to anticipate, prevent and respond to food safety risks and to keep Canadians safe.

We are proud of the work we have done, and we remain committed to ensuring that our food safety system continues to be one of the best in the world.

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq
Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

Hon. Gerry Ritz
Gerry Ritz, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

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