2013-2014 Departmental Performance Report
Minister's Message

Honourable Rona Ambrose PC, MP Minister of Health

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, PC, MP
Minister of Health

Our Government continues to put the health and safety of Canadians first. As the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) 2013-14 Departmental Performance Report clearly shows, Canadian families can continue to have confidence that our food safety system remains one of the very best in the world. It also demonstrates our Government's ongoing commitment to collaboration, clarity and modernization.

Collaboration

Mitigating risks to food safety is the CFIA's highest priority. Safeguarding the health and well-being of Canadians, our environment and economy is the driving force behind the design and development of CFIA programs.

Under the Health Portfolio and the Healthy and Safe Food for Canadians Framework, the CFIA's already strong working relationship with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to grow – providing a modern, coordinated approach to food safety. The three pillars of this framework are:

  • Promotion;
  • Prevention; and
  • Protection.

In collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, the Agency continues to work towards protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases. This was successfully demonstrated at the 2014 Healthy and Safe Food Forum in June, where proposed changes to bring the Safe Food for Canadians Act into force were openly discussed with Canadian and international stakeholders.

Clarity

The CFIA, a science-based agency, is committed to transparency and using plain language to better communicate complex information.

Some key examples of this are:

  • Implementing the CFIA Online Labelling Tool in March 2014. The tool provides consumers and industry with user-friendly access to information regarding regulatory requirements for labelling food, such as consumer specific information and education on food labelling;
  • Proactively communicating with the public about food recalls, compliance and enforcement actions and other Agency information through social media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn); and
  • Developing advanced food recall warnings, infographics and online interactive tools that make both recalls and the recall process easier to understand.

Modernization

The CFIA continues to pursue its agenda of transformation and modernization by:

  • Continuing work and active consultations on modernizing new regulations for the Safe Food for Canadians Act since its passage in November 2012; and
  • Introducing the proposed Agricultural Growth Act in December 2013, providing for changes to strengthen the safety of agricultural products – the first link in the food chain.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, PC, MP
Minister of Health

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