House of Commons Passes Stricter Food-Safety Legislation

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OTTAWA — In the wake of XL Foods’ beef recall, purported to be one of the largest beef recalls in Canadian history, a new food-safety bill has passed in the House of Commons to elevate Canada’s food-safety system.

“Canadian families will be better protected by the passage of the Safe Food for Canadians Act,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will have stronger modernized tools to better protect Canadians and enhance industry compliance.”

Bill S-11, which was tabled on June 7, provides better control over imports, institutes a more consistent inspection regime across all food commodities, strengthens food traceability and increases penalty fines from $250,000 to $5 million for those who violate safety standards.

According to CBC News, Ritz said the next step will be to consult with industry officials to put regulations in place to ensure the bill’s contents are followed.

For details about the Safe Food for Canadians Act, visit inspection.gc.ca.

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