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In Budget 2012, the Government of Canada indicated it would repeal container size regulations for food. Following this, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) undertook discussions with stakeholders on this decision, to provide more information and receive feedback on the initiative. Certain stakeholders identified their readiness to move forward with proposed changes, while others noted that additional time would be needed to adapt. Some felt that any change would put their competitiveness at risk. It is important to note container size restrictions are not a factor of food safety which is the CFIA's core mandate.

To obtain more detailed feedback, the CFIA, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is undertaking additional consultations with industry on the proposed regulatory changes in the spring of 2013. These discussions will be with companies or organizations representing food producers and processors and will focus on specific foods with container size requirements. Industry associations will be kept informed of the approach and are invited to participate in consultations. These stakeholder consultations will be performed to set the path forward, in advance of the formal Canada Gazette regulatory amendment process.

The Government of Canada continues to work with Canada's food industry to support its long term economic success. Any changes made will be in the best interest of the Canadian agricultural and food processing industry.

Until the regulatory process concludes, the current regulations will remain in force. CFIA's compliance and enforcement activities will continue. In addition, Ministerial Exemptions and Test Market Authorizations related to container sizes will continue to be administered.

Canada has a strong reputation for high-quality, safe food products, and for producing products that buyers want, here and around the world. Increased consumer choices, new product development, and expanding international trade will further Canada's world-class reputation as a first-rate food producer. The Government of Canada will continue to work with industry to help drive growth and continually adapt to meet the ever-changing environment of agriculture and agri-food.

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