June 11th, 2012
Last week, the federal government introduced the Safe Food for Canadians Act. The purpose of this bill is to protect Canadian families from potentially unsafe food. Food in Canada is currently regulated under four different statutes that were created at various times over several decades.
While these food statutes have served Canadians well, risks to food, (both imported and locally produced) need to be taken seriously.
This is why the new bill will:
- Implement tougher penalties for activities that put the health and safety of Canadians at risk;
- Provide better control over imports;
- Institute a more consistent inspection regime across all food commodities; and strengthen food traceability.
It will also help our farmers and food importers by aligning Canada’s food safety system with our key trading partners.
Safe food, healthy food both home and abroad: that’s what we all want for all Canadians.
I’m Brad Trost, your Member of Parliament in Saskatoon-Humboldt. You can reach my office in Saskatoon at 975-6133. Feel free to drop by my two offices for a visit: Saskatoon (Monday to Friday) or Humboldt (Tuesday and Wednesday). I always appreciate your feedback.