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Feed Labelling – Modernized Regulatory Framework Proposal – Consultation Summary – Respondent Comments and CFIA Responses

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has embarked on a comprehensive change agenda to strengthen its foundation of legislation, regulatory programs and inspection delivery. These directions set the context for the renewal of the Feeds Regulations (Regulations).

The goal of modernizing the Regulations is to reduce compliance burden and support innovation while maintaining animal and human health, as well as environmental and economic stability. The modernization of the Regulations is being designed to benefit the collective Canadian feed industry which includes commercial feed manufacturers, retailers, importers, exporters, ingredient manufacturers, and farmers. As well as aligning with other international feed regulatory regimes, modernization also maintains the objective of enhancing animal health and food safety for the Canadian public.

Feed labelling is just one part of the Regulations which is being addressed as part of the modernization project. Feed labels play an important role in the safe and proper use of feeds. Proper labelling allows a purchaser and user of a feed to distinguish one product from another and provides information on what the feed is and how it is to be used. Products which are not labelled, or do not have the appropriate information on the label, may be unintentionally used in a manner that is not safe and causes an animal health, food safety or environmental hazard. In addition, the CFIA recognizes that labels present a cost and compliance burden to regulated parties.

The Agency undertook a 30-day consultation on a feed labelling proposal to propose changes to the feed labelling requirements. The CFIA invited comments from interested parties from November 20, 2013 to December 20, 2013.

This report consolidates and summarizes the comments received during the consultation period that directly pertain to the feed labelling proposal and the CFIA's response to those comments.

About the Consultation

The primary mechanism to facilitate the consultation involved the preparation and posting of the Feed Labelling Regulatory Framework Proposal on the CFIA website and outreach directly to industry stakeholders by front-line and headquarters feed staff. Thirty complete responses were received.

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