ARCHIVED - Update on the Provincial Meat Inspection Delivery Transition

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In August 2011, the CFIA announced that provincial meat inspection responsibilities would be returned to the provinces of British Columbia (BC), Manitoba (MB) and Saskatchewan (SK). As of January 2014, this initiative has been implemented. This transition does not affect federally registered meat establishments. This transition does not compromise food safety.

The ultimate food safety outcomes of these inspection systems will not change. All meat produced in Canada - either in federally or provincially inspected establishments - must meet the safety requirements of the federal Food and Drugs Act.

Returning the delivery of provincial meat inspection to these provinces allows the Agency to focus its efforts on its core mandate.

CFIA officials worked closely with their provincial counterparts throughout the transition.

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