"The Committee has produced a comprehensive report that has important implications for advancing the strength of the Canadian food system," said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "These recommendations build on the tough new listeria policy implemented by the CFIA in April. The sub-committee report provides clear direction for further improvements, and we will be full participants in that process."
<<"As a result of our responsibility for the listeria tragedy we had to improve, we did, and we will continuously," continued Mr. McCain. "We have implemented food safety protocols based on global best practices in extensive testing, training and technology. Maple Leaf will continue to take an advocacy role in the pursuit of improved practices across the industry, freely sharing our lessons learned and new approaches to food safety that contribute to a world class system for Canadians," concluded Mr. McCain.
In terms of key recommendations and improvements, Maple Leaf reinforces
- All food for sale in Canada, whether it is produced in federally or
provincially inspected plants or imported from other countries,
should meet a consistent and enforced national standard. The
patchwork of existing regulatory regimes cannot continue.
- Maple Leaf supports the call for a comprehensive review of CFIA
resources, recognizing that there must be sufficient inspectors to
ensure compliance with tough new standards, and trained to conduct
sophisticated root cause investigation of test results to identify
- Maple Leaf continues to advocate for any changes that result in
faster identification of proven food safety risk, whether through
increased inter-governmental and agency coordination or through
accelerated testing and expansion of laboratory capacity.