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The consultation closed on 2014-11-17

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing changes to the Canadian Beer standards under the Food and Drug Regulations, as existing standards no longer reflect marketplace realities.

By modernizing the compositional standards for beer, industry will be able to take better advantage of competition, innovation and technological developments for products within the beer category. The proposed changes to the beer standards aim to:

  • clarify the definition of beer,
  • define the ingredients that can be added to beer,
  • repeal the standard for ale, stout, porter or malt liquor ; and,
  • remove the food additives from the beer standard, as they already appear on Health Canada's List of Permitted Food Additives.

The CFIA has developed a consultation document to obtain feedback from Beer industry stakeholders and consumers. Questionnaires have been developed to collect information on individual elements of the beer standard as well as to determine potential costs or benefits to industry.

The consultation process

The consultation is set up in two parts.

In the first part, the general consultation presents the proposed modernized beer standard by dividing it into elements and by providing detailed explanations and rationale for each change or addition. Following the proposal is a series of questions linked to each element of the proposed changes.

The second part explores the potential incremental costs and benefits for businesses. This section contains very specific questions related to your business such as re-labelling costs, additional analytical testing and change in formulation that the proposed changes might impose on your business. Before you begin, we suggest you have the following information ready to help you answer the questions: payroll, advertising budget, and current label stock.

The feedback received from this consultation will help the CFIA understand the impacts of the proposed changes, shape the draft beer standards, and inform the regulatory amendment process.

Contributing your comments

The CFIA is inviting stakeholders to comment on this framework until November 17, 2014.

You can provide your feedback through the questionnaires below. Review the links below to select the survey most relevant to you.

1) General Consultation

Questionnaire on revisions to the current Beer Standards

2) Additional Questions for Businesses

Beer Manufacturers

Questionnaire for beer manufacturers on cost and benefits

Other Industry Stakeholders

Questionnaire for other stakeholders on cost and benefits

Once the consultation survey is completed the survey will automatically be submitted to the CFIA. Additional comments may be provided by email, fax or mail to:

Mira Robitaille, Senior Program Officer, Consumer Protection and Market Fairness Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario
tel: 613-773-6229 fax: 613-773-5795
labelling_consultation_etiquetage@inspection.gc.ca

Correspondence should clearly indicate "Beer Standards Consultation October-November 2014" in the subject line.

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