Do you find a particular section of the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency (CFIA)'s Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising
confusing? Do you think it takes too long to hear back from CFIA on
your labelling questions? Do you face hurdles due to Canadian
standards of identity that are inconsistent with other
jurisdictions? If so, now is the time to let the CFIA know what
changes you would like to see as part of its new consultation
process on the Food Labelling Modernization Initiative.
Until August 30, 2013, stakeholders can provide
input with respect to the food labelling system in an online
consultation that consists of a web-questionnaire with a series of
short, open questions. The online consultation is the first step in
a two-year consultation and discussion process that is expected to
be completed in June 2015. This first public consultation serves to
get a better understanding of the issues that are important to
stakeholders and to identify any gaps in the current food labelling
system. Stakeholders can provide feedback on issues in four key
Roles, Responsibilities and Partnerships:
Improve compliance by effectively balancing the roles and
responsibilities between consumers, industry and government.
Regulation: Continue to better protect
consumers and support industry innovation by strengthening the
regulatory framework, while considering global standards and
Policy and Program Development: Enhance
compliance by developing effective policies and programs that are
based on risk; facilitate partnerships and support
Service Delivery and IM/IT: Improve service
delivery by applying standardized inspection approaches based on
risk and prevention, and supported by appropriate services and
The CFIA is hoping to hear from a wide range of stakeholders
including the food industry, consumers, provincial governments and
consumer protection groups, in order to get a fair balance between
the different points of view – which are sometimes
conflicting. For context, the CFIA has published a discussion
paper to guide stakeholders and help focus comments on issues that
fall under the CFIA's mandate (available here).
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